Friday, July 12, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Please get yourselves together. Preferable BEFORE you start the hiring process.
My husband has been sending out his resume to churches for a while now & while he hasn't hear back from too many (hey, at least that is a definite answer of we aren't interested), the ones he has heard back from have been less than good at communication.
I have been thinking about this for a while & turning it over & over in my head & I guess just woke up this morning & decided to get it down on paper or blog, if you will.
Here are a few things that if these boards would actually think about starting their process or would do in the process would make everyone's part much easier & quite possibly keep people in ministry.
Yes, I did say in ministry. When you can't get the time of day from a ministry, you then start looking at other lines of work & stop thinking about ministry & what it would be like to be in ministry because, heck, if they aren't interested in you why would you be interested in being in ministry?
Anyway, here are a handful of things I think ministries could do better in the hiring process from our experience in trying to get hired.
- Come up with what you want to see in your candidates/what your ministry needs in a candidate BEFORE you put the word out that you are looking for an employee (for lack of a better word).
- Ex. My husband had an interview with a ministry & after not hearing back with in a week, called & asked where they were in their process & they actually asked him what they should be looking for in a candidate. Um, really there are only three of you & you really should know what kind of things you are looking for BEFORE you start interviewing at the latest.
- Once you have interviewed the candidate, please keep in contact with them. Yes, I realize this is a two way street, but really to never hear back from a ministry kind of leaves an unresolved conclusion. Yes, after a certain amount, you know they probably found a candidate but that is not always the truth & an answer one way or the other is always nicest. Even when the answer is no. (Remember how you don't like to feel as though God is ignoring you? Why is that okay when hiring for a position to do that?)
- Be timely. Honestly, six months between communications is a little much. Once you start the hiring process, be prompt & get it done & over with. Why drag it out? I think this is the one I don't get. I understand that these guys on the hiring boards are volunteer & have their own lives, but really, a year to START interviewing? If I was one of those people, I probably would have said 'see ya' at the six month mark of that junk.
- This one goes along with the communication as well, but is a little different. When a candidate contacts you, get back to them.
- Ex. My husband contacted a ministry that he had an initial interview with & said we want to set up an interview with the elders, we will be in contact..... he emailed a few times & called once with no response. This weekend, I finally decided that I would contact a friend who knew the pastor & see if she could found out anything. The pastor got right back to her & she got right back to me. Really? You can contact my friend but not my husband when he contacted you first? (Disclaimer: the pastor asked my friend about us first before he contacted my husband.)
Monday, January 16, 2012
That weekend was a fabulous time of fellowship & learning with our good friends & fellow ministers from different parts of the country.
Bob & I flew down to Dallas via Detroit. Here are a couple pictures from the plane.
|When we left Albany it was cloudy & flurrying, once we got in the air, it was absolutely gorgeous!|
|Where we stayed, looking up from the dining hall.|
|The gorgeous sunset! |
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
We left bright & early Thursday for Dallas TX. We are here for the all staff retreat for Impact Campus Ministries' all staff retreat. It really just means that they get together & talk. Nothing too exciting, just meeting in a warmer climate. Here is a picture of the meeting right now on technology.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
As far as doing the chips themselves, all you need is as many apples as you want, cinnamon, a pan & an oven set to 275 for 2 hours.
|The knife on the right is the one I cut the first apple with and the first cut on the second apple. The knife on the left , I used to core the second apple.|
|This is my pan of apples. The recipe said to use parchment paper but I don't have any so none got used. :)|
|My battle wounds if you can see. It is two cuts just to the right of the middle of my nail.|
Monday, September 5, 2011
So growing up, my family never made our own cleaners, BUT since I have
It is a vinegar water solution and the recipe is as follows:
All- Purpose Cleaner:
- 1 Cup distilled white vinegar
- 20 drops of essential oil
- 2 cups of purified water
- 1 Cup distilled white vinegar
- 10-15 drops of essential oil
- 1 cup purified water
If you want a cost break down, Elise has done it on her page so I won't do it for you here.
Another homemade cleaner I started using is homemade furniture polish. I made it up this morning and used it for the first time and really like it as well!
The recipe for it is:
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
I used the all purpose cleaner and then the furniture polish on our coffee table and was very pleased with the results. I really should have done before and after pictures. There was candle wax and just plain dirt on the table and it really took it off and made the table shine.
The table is a little oily but I think that will subside as the table should soak up the oil. I will let you know how it goes.
Another project that I will be working on in the near future is homemade laundry soap. I have not done this yet but I found a recipe that should take less than 10 minutes to make and will be .05 a load/ 64 loads a batch. When I try it and if I like it I will let you know. Until then.