First Who, Then What

Is there any decision in the life of a church that is more important than the hiring of key staff? In his book, “Good To Great,” Jim Collins defines the importance of hiring when he says “First Who…Then What.” He defines the importance of having the right person in the right seat on the right bus headed in the right direction. Collins says their research showed that the “who” is so important, it comes before everything else. (Click to watch brief Jim Collins video.)

It is true in great companies. It is also true in churches that do a great job of delivering on their God-given vision of ministry.

Finding the right person is critical. But it is not easy. At its best, the hiring process can be a gamble. Therefore, one of the most important decisions is how to hire the right top level person and, at the same time, mitigate risk.

What would be the best way to do that? Hire an executive search firm.

For church and ministry leaders, the preeminent executive search firm for church leaders is Vanderbloemen Search Group (VSG) — William, Tony, Carlos and Zach. The VSG team is uniquely geared to help churches and large parachurch ministries find the right senior leaders. They have a refined focus on ministry and bring the best practices and excellence of professional search to the church world. All of their team are actively engaged in church leadership work, giving them real time experience in the field. Whether for lead pastor, executive pastor, student pastor or any other key position on top level staff, these guys are top notch.

I have watched as they have worked with some of my clients and other churches. Their professionalism is impressive. The level of confidentially is above reproach. It’s not just having the right person, but also the right fit. Their process will help you reduce the risk of the hiring equation.

First who, then what.

Call ’em.

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