12 Warning Signs of Potentially Bad Church Hires

February 16, 2018
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Podcast Episode #407

Hiring in the church can be tricky at times. Today, we expound on a post by Chuck Lawless that looks at some warning signs to be on the lookout for when hiring a minister or staff member at your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • If someone has several consecutive, short-tenured pastorates, it should be a warning sign when considering hiring them.
  • Sloppy résumés mean you’ll likely do sloppy work.
  • If you have a time gap in your résumé, you’re likely going to be asked about it. Don’t leave gaps.
  • Theological questions and compatibility should be a starting point when hiring in the church.

The 12 warning signs we cover are:

  1. Previously short tenures of ministry.
  2. Incomplete degrees.
  3. Sloppy resumes.
  4. Resume gaps.
  5. Unasked theology questions.
  6. Criticizing former employers.
  7. No current references.
  8. Tardiness without explanation.
  9. Spousal disagreement on calling.
  10. Poor social media witness.
  11. Little talk of Bible study or prayer.
  12. Unlikeability.

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