Survey of fast-growing churches studied their leadership

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
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A new study has been released about senior leadership on church staffs. 

Vanderbloemen Search Group, a full-service pastoral executive search firm, partnered with church consulting firm The Unstuck Group on the research. More than 600 senior staff leaders, all in fast-growing churches across the country, were surveyed as part of the research.

William Vanderbloemen, CEO of the Vanderbloemen Search Group, says one interesting finding was that approximately out of four senior leaders said they would consider making a move in the next year.

"If you look around at any number of job satisfaction surveys that are out there in America," says the researcher, "you find about one out of two  people in the country, no matter what their profession, are unhappy with their job…"

Some would expect leaders in a fast-growing church to feel differently, Vanderbloemen says, but churches are made up of people with the same issues as any other company.

"I think it's a word to the wise for church board members that if you got good staff people, take really good care of them," he says.

The report also found that lean staffing goes a long way as megachurches (3,000-plus in attendance) use far less staff per capita. That's because they rely three times more heavily on volunteers.  

The full report can be read here

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