How We Hire Staff

Posted in Choice, Decisions, Staff by PCraig on August 25, 2011

We have recently been engaged in a search for a new Student Ministries Pastor to add to the staff of our church.  Some probably wonder how we go about our hiring process, so I thought I would walk you through it.

Step 1 – Assess the need for a staff person.  Is this a full time position?  Is the need urgent?  What are the qualifications we would be looking for?  Pray like crazy for God’s guidance!!

Step 2 – Get the word out.  This time around we chose to use the Vanderbloemen Group as a Ministry Staff Hiring Firm.  Here’s what they did:

  1. They interviewed me in depth about the church, asking questions about vision, values, structure, philosophy, & strategy that makes up Crossroads to get an excellent view of the church.
  2. They took all that information, along with what we are looking for in this staff position and came up with a profile.
  3. Using all their connections, they began to search the US & Canada) for potential candidates.
  4. After receiving individual resumes, they processed them into categories, did background checks & conducted interviews with those deemed most closely a fit.
  5. Several weeks later they called me and gave me a list of their top 6 candidates (while on my vacation –wife not happy that day, over it now…I think!) to fill this position based upon the chemistry of the church.

Step 3 – Review.  I took the list & prayerfully arranged them in order of preference.  (Ones I thought looked most likely to fit in with our current staff & ministry).

Step 4 – Contact.  I called the top 3 and spoke with them personally and then shared all 6 names and info with our staff & elders.

Step 5 – Leadership Unity.  Both our staff & elders were supportive of bringing the candidate, who seemed to be the best fit, in for a weekend of ministry in the church to “try them out.”

Step 6 – Observation.  During the weekend, we wanted to get to know the candidate better (face to face), so they spent time with me, our church staff, the youth lay staff, church board, & ministry night with the students (so everyone could see them “in action” in a ministry setting).

Step 7 – Feedback.  After that, I did a poll of church staff, church board, youth lay staff and several youth to get a feel for “what did they think?”

Step 8 – Unity/Decision.  Upon receiving all positive feedback, feeling comfortable & positive myself, I extended an offer for the candidate to join our staff.

Hiring staff is kind of like picking out carpet, not everyone will agree with the decision, but you do want the leadership to feel it’s a good choice.  And, like with carpet, over time some will warm up to the color chosen later down the road.

I believe that sums up the process we used to hire our latest staff member.  As you can see, there are quite a few steps and people involved in the process to determine God’s will.  God works through a lot of different ways to reveal His will in choosing people, including casting lots…I’ll save that for another time.

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Another New Year?

Posted in Finances, Giving, Victorious Living by PCraig on August 17, 2011

It’s back to school time and that means a return to routines, schedules, practices, games, homework…  As much as I don’t want summer to end, I must say that I do look at fall as almost another New Year.  For example, I’m currently praying and planning out my preaching calendar into 2012 right now.

When I was thinking about this, I was also thinking of finances.  Currently, I’m in a mentoring program with Casey Graham, a Christian financial consultant.  He, along with Joseph Sangl have offered some great tools to assist in this area.  I want to run a few thoughts by you that might help you thrive this fall instead of survive.

1. Do you have a written spending plan?

If you are not writing down where you are spending your money, you are probably over spending in some way.  I wanted to equip you with THIS TOOL from guru Joe Sangl.

Remember, every spending decision is a spiritual decision.

2. Are you paying down debt?

Everyone wants to pay off debt but few take the time to do it.  Here is a TOOL that will be FUN and help you pay off debt.  It is basically a coloring sheet for your family to watch the debt being paid off.  Get it HERE.

3. Are you being consistent in your giving?

Tithing (giving 10% of your income) will unlock crazy good things in your life.  When we give consistently, we show we trust God with our money.

Take the time right now to go to our online giving page from and give right now.  Many people set up an online recurring donation so they don’t have to remember each Sunday!

I just wanted to give you these three tools and challenge you to THRIVE this fall.

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Beyond Talent

Posted in Victorious Living by PCraig on August 11, 2011

I love reading and so I just finished several books while I was gone on my summer break.  One of the books was Beyond Talent by John Maxwell.  The book is very motivational and helped balance out my reading diet for the summer.

One of the principles that John shared is to make excellence your target and give your best to your purpose in life.  Bill Hybels is quoted in the book, “Most people feel best about themselves when they have given their very best.”

The apostle Paul said it like this, “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection…” (2 Cor.13:11)  Why should we aim for perfection and strive to do our best?  Paul says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  (1 Cor. 10:31)

The reason we do our best and give it our all is to bring glory to God.  It honors our Creator when we as His creation give life our very best.

Are you giving it your all?  Have you allowed circumstances to take the wind out of your sails?  Do you have the right people around you to propel you to the next level?  What do you need to change today?

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Why Take A Break?

Posted in Ministry, Rest & Refreshing by PCraig on August 4, 2011

I’m just getting back this week from my summer break with my family and thought I would blog about it.  Why is it important to take a break?  Here’s my top thoughts on it:

  1. You can’t keep going full steam forever without a breakdown
  2. You need to spend extended time with your family
  3. Jesus took time away from the crowd to spend time alone and with his disciples
  4. You get more creative thoughts when you break up your schedule
  5. You’ll be better for those who need you when you get back refreshed

What are some thoughts you have?

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