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In a retained search, we conduct the national search for your candidate, thoroughly vet all top-level candidates, shepherd the entire interview process, and help you onboard the hired candidate successfully. The search fee is paid in monthly installments over the life of the search. A retained search includes a complete Discovery Assessment, the creation of an Opportunity Profile and regular, formal reporting to your team regarding our efforts.
A Discovery Assessment is a series of meetings between you and one or more of our consultants where we seek to understand and successfully translate the opportunity at hand as well as your context. These meetings take place by phone, video conference and ultimately a personal visit over a long weekend. We interview everyone associated with the search, certain staff and others with an eye to creating a search profile and an Opportunity Profile.
An Opportunity Profile is a multipage document created to convey your opportunity in an accurate and compelling way. It will include information you supply to us and our observations after visiting with you personally. The goal of the opportunity profile is to provide prospective candidates the information they need to determine their interest to engage the process.
Candidate Identification is only one part of a search process. Once you have interested candidates, you must evaluate them to determine their suitability for your position. We can help you with this critical part of the process. Using a third party, objective outsider to manage this process is a wise move that will leave the internal discernment part of the process with you. We will personally interview the candidates and provide written reports for your consideration along with thorough reference checks.
We are available to provide resources and coaching to staff members who need to be transitioned, no matter the circumstances. We will interview them as candidates, work with them in their job search process, assist with resume presentation, and provide interview coaching. We will offer feedback to them that will help them as they find another position.
We can provide consulting services to your search committee regarding best practices, help you design a healthy search process, and coach you through interviewing skills and techniques. We are happy to provide any information that will help your team operate in the most effective way possible.
Are you feeling stuck? Wondering what might be next for you? Navigating difficult relationships or situations?
Sometimes, it is helpful to talk with someone confidentially who is outside your immediate situation and can listen, ask good questions, hold space for you, and help you discover new ways to process and unlock your thinking. If you think you could benefit from individual coaching, please reach out to learn more.
At this time, we are not offering a Contingent Search option. This may change at some point in the future as we are working on an option that makes good sense for the churches that we serve as well as for our team of high-capacity consultants.
Over the years, we’ve developed some strategic partnerships with several like-minded organizations which share our ‘church-friendly’ values and have proven to be trusted advisors to the churches they serve. These partnerships assist churches with a variety of staffing related issues.
Succession planning and replacement planning are not the same thing…not at all! Replacement planning (i.e., search) is an important aspect of an overall leadership transition process, but there is much more that goes into it. Because of this, we designed our succession planning service to help your team understand what goes into developing a holistic succession planning strategy. Once you understand the areas that need to be accounted for, we help your team design a succession planning strategy that fits your specific context.
Ask one of our consultants about how we are able to assist with this important strategy.
An important part of any successful pastoral search is answering the question “How healthy is our church?”
We help churches answer that question with intelligent research, hard data, and a plan for improvement. Through our intentional partnerships, we are able to facilitate Church Health Assessments that identify areas of need and offer a strategy for improvement. This process greatly enhances the overall search effort and allows us to help place candidates in the most healthy church environment possible.
Ask one of our consultants about the partnerships that we’ve established to assist with this.
In some cases, it is wise for a church to enlist the help of an Intentional Interim Pastor before a full time pastor comes on board. This is especially true if a church has had a Senior Pastor with significant tenure or if there were unfortunate circumstances leading to the pastor’s departure.
The existence of an Intentional Interim Pastor usually provides a great deal of assurance to highly qualified pastoral candidates that are considering their next ministry step.
Ask one of our consultants about the partnerships that we’ve developed to help with Intentional Pastor placement.
While many churches need assistance with a variety of HR resources, most churches do not require a full time staff person to adequately handle their HR needs.
We can help with this!