things to find out before taking a stumin positionI have worked at two different churches full-time, and I have learned a bit through my experiences on how and what to look for in a church. When I first got out of Bible college, I would have jumped at anything, because I did not know what to ask or what to look for. Here are a few things that you need to look into before taking the ministry position:

  • Are you in agreement with their style of ministry?– Visit the church several times before committing. Visit their student ministry a couple of times before committing. If you are going to work their full-time, you must agree with their style of ministry. If you want more contemporary, and they are not going in that direction, then it might not be a great fit. If you want more traditional, and they are not going that direction, it might not be a great fit. Would you attend the church personally if you were not on staff?
  • Do you gel with the staff?– I have seen that a close staff means the bar is raised in your ministry! If the staff does not get along or does not agree, then, the ministry will have a much lower ceiling. If the staff is close and in unison, the sky is the limit to what they can do working together.
  • What is the church’s policy on changing things up?– If they are tied down into a program, find out if they would ever be willing to change that program if it is not working. If not, and you do not agree with that, be cautious, and it could save you some heartache. I am not saying go there to change everything, but several years down the road, will they be willing to change?

Just a few thoughts on what to look into before taking a full-time student ministry position. There are many more, but these are just a few things that I have learned.

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4 thoughts on “Things to Find Out Before Taking a Stumin Position

  1. I think another thing to consider is if you are in-line with their doctrine. I was just talking with a friend who recommended a great church to me. On paper, it was awesome, but when I started to look at their beliefs, I realized that the church and I differed on something huge. Because of this, I asked him not to submit my resume.

  2. One thing that I have learned in my 20 years in ministy. History often repeats itself in the church. My first Sr. Pastorate was in a church that had run the former pastor off. I was fresh out of college and actually within a few month of graduation I went directly into this church. I talked to some of the former pastors and found out that around year 10 or 12 the church would get rid of their pastor and start ago with a new one. One pastor was working 70-80 hours a week between actually laying blocks for the church building and doing his regular duties as pastor. The church ran him off. I knew after talking to him and another pastor who was their about the same amount of time and had also been run off that time was ticking and sure enough around my tenth year there I too was booted out.
    The next church I went to was a part time position and I was a bi-vocational pastor. In the Pastor’s Study they actually had a plaque with the ministers who had been their before me. Every two to four years they had changed pastors with only a few exceptions. And they weren’t there much longer either.
    Fortunately, I am at a church now that has had only three pastor. The first one started the church and stayed 40 year until his passing. The another pastor came for a short while and left and the first pastors daughter pastored there until her mother died and she left.
    I have been there the longest since the origianal pastor who began the church died. Which has been almost 6 years. So I am looking forward to being there until the Lord has other plans.
    Robert Armstrong

  3. I would like to share my experience on this.I was a pastor in one of the churches in Yorba Linda.I was new and hardly had any idea of this church where i was a pastor.But after working there for a month i realized that the people in the church had a different thought process.I could not connect to them so i had to finally quit. But now, I am working in a church where I had spent some time before joining as pastor.Everything is going great now.So Yes it necessary to know the place,culture and working methodology where you are going to work.

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