As a pastor of a small local Church Near Me, I am often asked why I would recommend a church finder tool. My response is that I am not an expert in all things; but I am an expert in my love for this wonderful work. I have seen it fail and work hard to save it. In fact, one of the reasons I was able to continue to build my small church was because I had a faith-based search for a local church directory administrator.
I found a great resource in the SCORE organization. SCORE stands for Service Corp of Retired Executives. This organization facilitates the search for a retired executive officer, also called a church directory administrator. A church directory admin is someone who can do many jobs including web site design, administrative work and other things vital to running a church.
The search for a church directory administrator is not easy. If you are not a trained church leader, you will likely not know the qualifications needed for that position. In addition, there may be members of your church that are not leaders and do not understand the need for a church finder tool. This is why a local church directory administrator plays such an important role.
There are several requirements that a church directory administrator must meet. These include: he or she should have a master’s degree from an accredited college or business school that focuses on being a church leader. He or she must have successfully completed a 3-year program that focuses on church leadership. And most important, he or she must be in good standing with his or her employer (the church).
The next step is to interview potential church directory administrators. You can do this by phone or in person. When making contact with them, ask what their job titles are. Ask how they came to be a church leader. Ask how they can fulfill your church’s needs as a volunteer leader.
Then, it is time to decide which church directory administrator would be best suited to your church. You can choose among Frank Beach, Terry Goodheart, and Gary Thomas. Each of these men has some unique qualities. Frank Beach has been a volunteer leader for the past 30 years. He is the Senior Pastor of a large megachurch church. His extensive skills as a church directory administrator are due to his past as a volunteer leader for the church.
Once you have decided on a name for the church directory, it is time to choose a book that details all the duties and responsibilities of the volunteer leader. Choose someone who is friendly and will help you as you transition from volunteer leader to full-time church directory employee. Some of the books available are Great Helpers by Jack Scalbert and Cephalonia by Gary Thomas. These two books contain information about church directory tasks, responsibilities, and hiring procedures. They are excellent references for your church.
When you begin to fill the administrative positions in your church, the next person you should contact is your church directory expert. Let them know what position you are filling, when you will be leading the church, and what types of training you require. Most volunteer leaders will take a six-month course to prepare for their role as a church directory worker. This is an excellent investment in preparing you for a rewarding career.
The other member of your team should be involved in the process of choosing names for the volunteer leaders. Once the names are chosen, you can then work with him or her to put together a resume. This will be a quick and easy way to get the list of volunteers ready for you.
A final step is to set up a meeting with the members of your church. At this time, you should inform them of your plan to train, hire, and motivate volunteer leaders. You also need to let them know that you plan to keep the names confidential until you feel comfortable with them. Once you have the information in place, you can then assign a person to handle the communication between you and the volunteer leaders.
The next day, it is time for you to make an appointment with each of the volunteer leaders. In your introduction you should tell them that their role is vital in your church and ask them to take a day off and come to your church to volunteer. It is important to note that if you do not set this up in advance, many of these leaders may be unable to come to your church.