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October 8th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

Hiring at LifeChurch.tv

Last week we brought our entire LifeChurch.tv team together for what we call our Family Reunion—several days dedicated to vision casting and investing in each other (and a little dodgeball ;) I could not be more excited about what’s in store over the next few months and the people God has brought to our team. And right now, we’re adding to our team in several key areas. Here’s a snapshot of two of the positions, but you can find the complete listings at www.LifeChurch.tv/jobs.

Director of Network Operations

Are you a visionary, articulate and energetic leader with experience in leading an innovative team of technologists?  Do you always target excellence and drive for efficient results?  Are you full of integrity, resiliency and able to shift directions on a dime?  Then we want to talk to you!

Digerati Support Developer

Our Digerati team is looking for someone who will be a connection point for our LifeChurch.tv web properties and all those who use them. You’re a unique individual who loves to solve problems and connect with the users of those tools. Users include both LifeChurch.tv staff that utilize these tools for ministry and the overall end users. To solve problems you are able to jump in and get your hands dirty. Your tools are: PHP, APIs, frameworks, and enough frontend elements to fill in the holes.

Talent and skills are important for any hiring we do, but passion about the local church and leading others to become fully devoted followers of Christ is at the top of the list. Everything you need to apply is online, so check it out!

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categories: YouVersion, hiring
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June 22nd, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

YouVersion is Hiring

YouVersion is on the brink of some exciting developments, and I’m really looking forward to telling you about those next week. But did you know we’re looking for people to join the YouVersion team? We need a few talented individuals who are passionate about getting millions of people around the world engaged in God’s word:

Even if you don’t fit these descriptions, you can help by telling people you know about these positions. Thanks for everything you do to help YouVersion break new barriers in Scripture engagement!

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May 26th, 2010

by Bobby Gruenewald

We’re Hiring

If you’ve attended any of our experiences or watched any of our videos, then you’ve seen the work of our Media Design team. These talented individuals create videos, graphics, print pieces, and more that capture attention, remove obstacles, and communicate truth in new and different ways.

We’re looking to add a few special people to the team…people who understand that the bottom line isn’t about how things look, but how they can help others become fully devoted followers of Christ. Specifically, we’re hiring the following:

  • Design Manager
  • Video Producer
  • Graphic Designer

Interested? Visit our jobs page to learn more about these positions and several others.

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categories: LifeChurch.tv, hiring, staff
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January 18th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

Executive Assistant

After almost eight years, my assistant, Sarah McLean, is transitioning to a new role on our staff team.

If you are interested in knowing more about the executive assistant position available, please click here.

Feel free to send a resume and a short video describing why you might be a good fit for this position. If you choose to submit a one to two minute video, just use a webcam and a service like Vimeo and send the link to jerry@lifechurch.tv.

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categories: LifeChurch.tv, church, culture, development, hiring, leadership, vision, volunteers
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October 28th, 2009

by Craig Groeschel

New Seasons Mean New People

When a ministry enters a new season, we must open the door for new leaders.

The “old guard” often resents new seasons. I’m a big believer in working hard to lead the tenured believers toward new life. Sometimes, though, they refuse to move forward.

In those times, we have to help people grow. If we can’t help people grow with the new direction, we need to be willing to allow some people to move on.

During these transitional seasons, I’m always looking for new leaders. Often they arise from right in front of you. There could be faithful people that were serving under others who seem to rise from nowhere when there is a new chance to lead.

When the current changes, keep your eyes open to new people God will raise up.

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categories: I'm curious, church, communication, hiring, leadership, preaching, volunteers
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August 19th, 2009

by Craig Groeschel

What I Didn’t Learn in Seminary

I’m writing from my perspective. Obviously many of you had much different experiences. Here’s a short list of what I didn’t learn in seminary.

  • Believe it or not, I never had a class on how to do a wedding or funeral.
  • We never looked at how to manage a budget, lead a board meeting, recruit volunteers, raise money, hire and fire staff, or design church facilities.
  • I only took one class on preaching. In my opinion, we should have been required to take at least three if we were hoping to be a senior pastor.
  • We didn’t study any thoughts on kids’ ministry, student ministry, missions, or small groups.
  • Although my time in seminary predated the need, I think all schools today should teach pastors how to leverage technology in the church.

For those of you that attended Bible School or Seminary, what skills were overlooked in your preparation?

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categories: church, hiring, leadership, team
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July 31st, 2009

by Craig Groeschel

Final Thoughts on Hiring from Inside or Out

While some of our best staff members have come from other churches, I am still heavily biased to hire from within. Our rate of success in raising up leaders from our church outweighs bringing them in from other churches.

While many staff from other churches sell out to the vision, for some it is just another job. I don’t want to fill roles with people doing a job. I want people obsessed with a mission. Those from within are usually more prone to give their lives to the mission.

We’ll continue to look for the best everywhere. To me, it is always more fun when you recognize those God has put in your local body and equip them to do more than they ever thought possible.

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categories: LifeChurch.tv, hiring, relationships, staff
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July 30th, 2009

by Craig Groeschel

Disadvantages of Hiring From Outside

Some of this is repetitive from earlier posts this week. In many ways, I’m saying the same thing from a different perspective. Even though these thoughts are similar, I think they are worth addressing again.

The disadvantages of hiring from outside your ministry include:

  1. Cultural risks. Just because someone is successful ministering at one place, does not guarantee they will be successful at another. The cultural and value differences are often difficult to discern in an interview.
  2. Hurt Relationships. If you hire from other ministries, you can put a strain on ministry friendships. We must be careful to hire with integrity.
  3. Family risks. When someone uproots their family and moves to another city, state, or country, there are many factors involved besides the giftedness of the pastor. We’ve hired effective staff from other churches, but the spouses and children never settled in and kept their ministry relationship from working long-term.

Please share from your experience.

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