Guest Post: The Value of a Good Search

When Steve asked me to write about the importance of finding the right staff, I was reminded of a metaphor we’ve used at the Vanderbloemen Search Group for years now.

Finding a key staff person for your church or ministry is serious — as serious as an organ transplant. And transplants are critical enough to warrant help. If the operation goes well, your ministry will find a new level of life. If the operation is rushed, goes poorly, or ends in rejection, things can get downright unpleasant.

That’s where a good executive search process can pay huge dividends. I’m pretty biased here, but only because I have seen first hand the value and success the process can bring.

You can follow the organ transplant metaphor and think of the value executive search brings churches in three forms:

  • Perspective. Executive search brings an objective set of eyes to the process. No surgeon should operate on themselves. As one client told us, “Surgeons aren’t allowed to operate on their own family because they are too tied to the patient to do the job right.”
  • Network. A good search firm can find 'organ donors' (candidates) that you won’t find on your own. Daily, we receive confidential calls from people who you will never see on a job board or hear about from a friend.
  • Process. Of equal (and perhaps greater) value, a good search consultant will do a 'tissue match' between client churches and candidates. Excellence in search isn’t just about finding a talented person. It’s about finding the right talent for your situation. At our firm, we get highly involved with and informed about your church and candidates lives so that we know your DNA, know their DNA, and can provide the best chance possible for you to find a match for your staff need.

At the Vanderbloemen Search Group, we have been able to combine firsthand ministry experience and the best practices of corporate executive search, we come alongside clients to ensure that they make the best hire possible. It’s been really cool to see how the process has led to some great matches between growing churches and great staff. If you have any questions about our process, feel free to email me directly at

William Vanderbloemen is the founder and President of the Vanderbloemen Search Group. William and his team help growing churches find great staff. They serve churches of every imaginable size and type in both the United States and abroad. Many of the top churches in the country are regular clients of the firm. For more information, go to

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Posted by Steve Caton on Dec 7, 2011 10:35:34 PM