I 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.