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In the Pre-Search phase, we work through a Discovery process with you that includes an on site visit and interviews with you, staff and other stakeholders. We seek to learn all we can about your specific context, the nature of the position, and the desired qualifications for candidates. We also learn your process and commit to the specific process steps and lines of communication we will use to manage the search with you.
We do a demographic analysis which helps us better understand the context in which you minister.
We will come visit your church because it allows us to see your culture in action.
It is important that we interview your key people (both paid employees and volunteers) in order to have more insight into what it means to be an effective member of your team.
In the Search phase, we will work with you to identify all of the best platforms for promoting the opportunity. This could include websites, job boards, social media, church and parachurch organizations, seminaries, and other organizations. Based on the information that we gather from our search, we do a few things: we advertise the opportunity and respond to all inquires about it, personally contact possible prospects in our database, seek referrals, and continue to research new possible prospects, personally contacting them to gauge interest in the position. As candidates are identified, we begin to interview them, educate them on your opportunity, and introduce them into your process. We manage the logistics and keep you and the candidates informed on the state of the search. You are updated regularly on all aspects of the search.
We will work with you to choose the best platforms for promoting the job openings you are looking to hire for.
Regular “Pipeline” meetings will keep you up to date on the candidates that are being vetted.
Once candidates have completed our extensive vetting process, a web-based Presentation Portfolio is created for you to review with your search team. All information that we collect on finalist candidates is included in this Presentation and your entire team can review, comment, and rate each candidate being presented. This gives you a solid base of information as you begin your interviews with the finalist candidates.
Prior to your interviews, we help prepare your search team to engage with each candidate in the most effective way possible.
We are with your team on every candidate interview. We handle the introductions and observe your team as they interview each candidate.
Each candidate is different and you may feel that every single candidate that we present would be a great fit in different ways. We provide objective input and helpful decisioning tools to help you determine which candidate BEST meets the needs that you’ve identified.
This phase continues until it becomes clear to you, the candidate and us that you have a true finalist candidate, at which point our effort goes to helping you finish the process. The Post-Search phase then begins. We help you negotiate all of the details of the formal offer and assist in clarifying transitional issues. We help you set up a clear plan for the first year in an effort to ensure long term success.
We walk you through the process of negotiating the formal offer as well as setting the formal start date.
We work with your new staff member in their first year with you as a way to ensure their long term success and to make sure that you both feel that the transition goes well.
The team at Shepherd Staff is the most thorough group we have ever worked with. They go out of their way to not only clearly define the role we were hiring for, but to learn about the church and the needs of the congregation. Several calls, a multi-day visit, and consistent weekly check-in appointments during the search.
We can’t thank you enough for truly shepherding us through the process!