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So, You Want to Work at a Church, Part 2 – I Dare You to Move

help_wanted1(A follow-up post; read part 1 HERE)

Scenario: You found a church media/technical job posting at a church in another city/state that sounds like a good fit for you. You applied, got a response, and went to interview. Things seem to be going very well and an offer could come any day now. Taking this job would mean uprooting you/your family; What should you be doing?

PRAY – Stop being surprised that this is the first step again. I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to be seeking God like crazy. You have to rely on Him infinitely more than your resumé and a DISC test result.

RESEARCH – Start doing your homework right away;

  • Where would you live?
  • Where would your kids go to school?
  • What’s the cost of living in this city (and how might this affect your salary requirements)?
  • Is this a community (not just the church) where you can see yourself and family getting involved?

QUESTIONS – As you pray and discuss things with your spouse and family, keep a detailed list of things that would need to be discussed with the church people. I recommend a real “no holds barred” approach. Even if the questions seem odd, ask them.

Side note: Be very weary of a church staff that avoids follow up questions. Trust your gut. Take note if it seems like they are stand-offish. These are the small things that could make a big difference after your family is moved and settled.

KEEP YOUR EMOTIONS IN CHECK – Being actively recruited is cool and I know all too well how exciting it can be when you feel like you’ve found the perfect fit, but don’t get so caught up in the emotional side of things that you miss some of the details that could effect your final decision. Ask your spouse to keep you accountable on this and don’t be offended if you’re ever called on it.

Relocating your family for any job is stressful. Things can be compounded all the more when a church thing is involved. My motivation behind these posts is a desire to help media/technical candidates AND churches make better decisions when it comes to hiring. I have networked with current and former church media people all over the country and have heard all too familiar stories about misinformation, hasty decisions, and job situations that just never worked out.

Rather than just rattle on about this topic, I would also like to add that I am available to help you work through things. Don’t hesitate to drop me a line with your own concerns and questions about a job you’re considering, or even a rough situation that is now behind you. My email address is: murphy24p (at] gmail dot com. I look forward to hearing your story.

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