In this first session we will discuss the work that must be done before you begin your search. We’ll start at the beginning, including understanding appropriate reasons for moving on from your current role, assessing your emotional and spiritual health and readiness to transition, and developing your list of non-negotiables as you search out your next church. 

Now Playing: Laying The Foundation For Your Church Staff Search​

Key Takeaways

After you watch the video above, read through these key takeaways that will help guide and reinforce the main points you just viewed…

Your first inclination is to jump right into the job search. But there are some important things to consider before you start blanketing the universe with your resume. The best way to have a great search result is to start with a plan.

You’re not the first one to go through this. What you can expect: your job search will be stressful, but manageable.

If you haven’t already left, leave well. Don’t burn bridges. Ask for an exit interview. Keep your integrity.  Maintain relationships.

Of course, you should pray.  That goes without saying.  But this is the time to grow spiritually and ‘lean in’.  Many people leave out the spiritual practice of prayer.  Make it a priority during your search.

Now is the time to do this. Is ministry even in your future?

Determine your non-negotiables, realizing that too broad a focus will set you up for a misfit; too narrow a focus will significantly increase the difficulty and length of your search. 

  • Geographical
  • Financial
  • Family
  • Church size
  • Church culture

Your spouse HAS to be on board. Journey this together. Unless you are on the same page, you will be setting yourself (and your family) up for a potential disaster.

Additional Resources

We’ve assembled some great supplemental learning tools that will help you in your search for a healthy, long-term fit for your staff team.  All of these exclusive Chemistry Staffing resources are available for free download for you and your search team.

If you are ready to start a search for a new church job, you need to have a plan. In this video, Chemistry Staffing Co-Founder Todd Rhoades gives you the information you need to know BEFORE your start your search.

Your Presenters

Todd Rhoades

Todd has invested over 30 years in serving churches, having served as a worship pastor for over 15 years, a church elder for more than a decade, and in various ministry leadership roles in both the business and non-profit sectors. As the original founder and developer of, Todd fundamentally changed the way thousands of churches search for pastors and staff on the internet. Todd served for over a decade as a Director with Leadership Network, providing him exposure to the innovative trends in today’s church and inside knowledge of how healthy churches operate. A graduate of Cedarville University, Todd lives in Bryan, OH with his wife, Dawn.

Matt Steen

Matt has served the local church for over two decades as a youth pastor, church planter, and executive pastor. Originally from Baltimore, Matt currently lives in the Orlando, FL area with his wife Theresa, and has a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Nyack College and an M.Div. and MBA from Baylor University. Certified as an Urban Church Planter Coach by Redeemer City to City and as a StratOp facilitator by the Paterson Center, Matt has made a career of helping churches thrive through intentionality, clarity, and creating healthy cultures. He is convinced that a healthy church is led by a healthy team with great chemistry, and loves partnering with Chemistry’s churches to do great things for the Kingdom.

Need Additional Help With Your Search?

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Our video critique will take a look at your current resume and give specific recommendations to make drastic improvements. We’ll critique your resume based on our 20 resume benchmarks:

Ministry Stability | Ministry Experience | Current Employment | Employment Consistency | Education Level | Ministry Sustainability | Employment Timeline | Stage of Life | Family Dynamics | Online Presence | Picture Quality | Humbleness Quotient | Resume Presentation | Cover Letter | Video/Work Sample | Grammar and Spelling | Font Treatment | Contact Effectiveness | Resume File Format

We’ll compare your current resume against our 20 resume benchmarks. You’ll gain the knowledge to drastically improve your resume in 24 hours or less.

We’ll go over your Resume Self-Assessment step-by-step in our one-hour call together. We’ll discuss each of our 20 resume benchmarks along with specific recommendations to make your resume better. After you make the suggested edits to your resume, we’ll provided video feedback with any follow-up items

One-on-one mentoring during your transition will make a huge difference. You’ll have a trusted partner and confidant to work with your throughout the search process. We’ll dive into areas that are important to YOU…

Should I Say or Go? | Rediscovering/Clarifying Your Calling | Determining Your Best Fit | Resume Advice | Interview Preparation | Salary Negotiation
On-Site Visit Preparation | Family Health and Relationships | Literally Anything Transition-Related!