The demand for more priestly pastors and high staff turnover in churches and ministries is likely to come in 2021 as the world emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, predicts Vanderbloemen Search Group CEO and founder William Vanderbloemen.
Speaking with Carey Nieuwhof, a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church in Ontario, Canada, on a recent podcast, Vanderbloemen, whose executive search firm serves churches, ministries and faith-based organizations, said based on the evidence he’s seeing on the ground and hearing from leaders, “2021 is going to be the year of turnover.”
“If you think I’m wrong, then go ahead and fool yourself and say this pandemic will only last two weeks. You will lose someone next year that you don’t see coming,” he told Nieuwhof.
“I’ve got a pastor that says every pastor should keep a vomit list. It’s a very short list of the two or three staff people that if they walked in at the end of the day and said, ‘Can I have 10 minutes to visit with you?’ … you just reach for the trash can and say, ‘Let me throw up first,’” Vanderbloemen continued. “My prediction is there’s going to be a lot of people reaching for the trash can this next year because turnover is coming.”
He explained that people, in general, usually change jobs, but in 2020, that normal movement of talent was disrupted by the pandemic for a variety of reasons. People stayed in jobs this year out of loyalty or sheer uncertainty in the job market, he said.