Free Ebook.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

« Building a New Brand YOU | Main | Best of Money Carnival »

July 26, 2009


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

This is a function of your Pastor (or Rabbi in my case).

There was one guy who actually made it known at my synagogue that he was active on the board only because he was getting business.

Very short sighted and dumb. After he told me that, I just lost all respect for him.

It's very easy to tell when somebody really needs help and when they are just being selfish.

Never considered this. Thanks.

I would also suggest finding a volunteer position within the church. I became a volunteer on the finance committee, then as an assistant administrator, all which led to my current position now as a full time church administrator. Many church now a days prefer to hire within their congregation if possible as they are getting a known, experienced person.

"Networking" should be a natural side-effect of being in relationship with people in your church (or synagogue). In a true community of believers we know, pray, and try to meet each others needs. Most of the time when people come looking for something (prospects, "scores", job's etc), it is quiet easy to see and a definite turnoff. An artificial approach to relationship building, or one with an agenda (networking), usually doesn’t go very far in most churches - no one wants to feel like they are being used. Having said that, I have witnessed and helped many people find jobs through relationships at their church and it’s been a very positive thing. Maybe this period of economic uncertainty will help people become more rooted in communities of believers that genuinely look to give and not just receive.

I agree with GSM. I also think this is a great opportunity for churches to reach out to those in need. We actually have a ministry at our church for those that are seeking jobs. It helps with everything from learning to do a job search to resumes to interview helps.

I think it is also beneficial to let others know at your church what it is you do. Are Sunday School class has a board where people can put their business cards on it. You never know who may be looking for a roofer, contractor, cleaning service, IT geek, etc. I'd much rather get someone from within my group than pick a name from a list of people.

Our church also has a ministry for those that are struggling and without a job. They do many of the same things that you mentioned. Help with writing a resume, mock interviews, and a job listings board for members where you can check out job openings with companies owned by members -or for companies that members work at, etc.

I think it's great that they offer something like this.

I'm not religious, and it bugs me a little bit to think that I'm missing out on some of these networking opportunities. Maybe I'm the best qualified candidate, but the employer goes with a different candidate since they know them from church.

I also wonder a little about how this relates to equal opportunity employment law. For cultural or historic reasons, many churches tend to attract a fairly homogeneous congregation. If you post a job opening at church, where the members are 95% white (or some other background), could you be liable if your applicant pool skews heavily in one direction?

Colin --

I've never seen a job opening posted at a church (though that could happen.) In my experience, most of these sorts of connections are made by personal contact/networking, the same way many jobs are filled.

The comments to this entry are closed.

Start a Blog


  • Any information shared on Free Money Finance does not constitute financial advice. The Website is intended to provide general information only and does not attempt to give you advice that relates to your specific circumstances. You are advised to discuss your specific requirements with an independent financial adviser. Per FTC guidelines, this website may be compensated by companies mentioned through advertising, affiliate programs or otherwise. All posts are © 2005-2012, Free Money Finance.