Lately everyone has been asking me exactly what Church Job Hunter is and my relationship to it.
Well, here’s the story.
A couple years ago many people were coming to me for career advice. These people were either missionaries coming home or US volunteers seeking to get a church job for the very first time. I helped many of them get church jobs in the US. It quickly became one of the most rewarding things that I was doing. By rewarding, I mean personally rewarding. I didn’t make a penny off of it. I was happy to do it. It was for friends and friends of friends.
I decided to start a website to advertise my services. The website is churchjobhunter.com.
This is not a company or an organization. Simply a website to advertise my services. Since Church Job Hunter has been around, I’ve sometimes been able to contract pastors from different denominations in order to provide even better service to my clients. This has been HUGE. Imagine applying for a job at a Southern Baptist Church and receiving career counseling from a Pastor close to that church.
I’m not always able to do that, but it’s great when I can.
Is it scalable? No. It’s not meant to be. I designed this in a way that I can only serve a handful of people at a time. It’s not meant to ever bring in a full time income. It’s not meant to be automated. And it’s not meant to always contract out the work. I like interacting with people firsthand.
Although I enjoy working with all my clients, I enjoy working with missionaries the most. I think that’s the highest value I can bring. Many missionaries overseas have done incredible things, but they have difficulty showing it on a resume. Church in the US has become corporatized. This has left overseas missionaries in the dust. When they’re ready to come back to the US they’re often bypassed for church jobs. This is where I come in. This is my specialty. I can take their experiences and skills and help them reflect that on a cover letter, resume, and in interviews.
I’ve experienced challenges with Church Job Hunter, too. Business has gone down in the last year. I’ve questioned whether I should keep it going. I’ve also changed the pricing structure numerous times. I’ve felt that some people have overpaid and that others haven’t paid nearly enough.
Therefore, I’ve instituted something brand new. Pay what you think is fair. My previous average price was $92. We’ll see what the new average will be. Dishing out work and allowing the customer to pay afterward will be a step of faith. But it also allows customization of price, customization of service, and (hopefully) allows people to be generous!
I would appreciate any feedback that you guys have and any ideas you could share with me. Visit the site and let me know!