If you are a spiritual, tech-savvy person who would like to use your skills to benefit the church community, a church technology job may be the ideal fit for you.
A job in church technology—working with things like computer networks, lighting, or audiovisual equipment—can be rewarding and secure, but the search may require different methods than other industries.
While some of the largest churches are run like corporations (with recruiters and HR departments), most have to go through referrals and niche channels to find new employees. But don’t worry, I’ve gathered some tips and tools to help you on your hunt.
Starting your search for a church technology job
One important thing to remember: if you want to have a career in church technology, you’ll want to target larger churches. Smaller churches simply do not have the budget to pay a full-time church technology department.
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However, there are plenty of paid church tech jobs out there for someone willing to put in the effort.
A quick scan of Glassdoor reveals the following salary estimates for the technical director position at several large churches:
- Saddleback Church: $59-61K
- Life.Church: $59-64K
- Crossroads Church: $40-43K
- Immanuel Church: $48K-$52K
It’s unlikely that you will land one of those positions right out of college, but that’s no reason to get discouraged. The best advice that I’ve heard, from veterans of the church tech industry, is to start off as early as possible by volunteering with the team at your own church.
Micah Roemmich, media director at Crosspoint Church of Bangor in Maine, said that most of the church tech jobs he hears about are either through Facebook, or word-of-mouth.
Church communities can be insulated and tight-knit, so having a personal connection can make all the difference, maybe even more so than in the secular world.
“If you wait for positions to be posted publicly on the internet or in the newspaper, a lot of the good ones will be already gone,” Bethel Seminary professor Andy Rowell writes. “If you call someone in the church leadership and tell them about what you are interested in and ask them if they can give you any advice, you may be one of the first people who gets considered.”
Beyond that, though, there are good online resources to help you on the search for your dream church technology job.
7 online resources for finding a church technology job
From traditional job search sites with advanced filters, to staffing agencies, to entire directories dedicated specifically to jobs in church technology, there are plenty of options for church tech job seekers. Here are seven of them, listed in alphabetical order.
ChurchJobFinder is a relative newcomer to the scene, launching the current version of its website in 2015.
ChurchJobFinder has location-based matching, and claims a database of around 30,000 ministry leaders’ resumes. As of June 2017, there were 25 jobs listed in the media/technology category.
It’s free for job seekers to list a basic resume on ChurchJobFinder, or you can upgrade for $25 (premium) or $50 (ultimate).
Job seekers can list a basic resume for free on ChurchJobs.net, but it costs extra to add features like a photo, social media accounts, and videos, and to get priority listing.
As of June 2017, ChurchJobs.net had 19 jobs in 12 different states listed in their technology/media category.
ChurchJobs.net also offers a free salary database so that job hunters can keep tabs on compensation trends.
With more than 15 years of experience, ChurchStaffing is one of the most established church employment directories online.
ChurchStaffing has a database of more than 65,000 candidate’s resumes, and churches can pay to gain access to that network. ChurchStaffing has a sister-site, ChristianJobs, that shares the same network.
As of June 2017, ChurchStaffing had 52 different jobs listed in the media/technology category.
ChurchTechLeaders is more of a general resource website for church technical leaders, but it does feature a job posting board. The site is not accepting new submissions at the time this was written, but there were a selection of about 10 different jobs from around the country listed.
Even if you don’t find a good match for a new job on ChurchTechLeaders, it is still a valuable resource, with information on upcoming conferences, a blog featuring peer insights, and an online community.
As the Craigslist for employers and job seekers, Indeed claims to be the biggest job site in the world, with more than 200 million visitors every month.
It’s free to post jobs and search for jobs on Indeed, though pay-per-click options for sponsored listings are available, and it costs $1 for employers to contact prospective employees in the resume bank.
Indeed also has an enormous salary database.
The best news for church tech job seekers is that, as of June 2017, there were almost 700 jobs listed for church tech.
Slingshot Group is a staffing agency for churches and non-profits, and their site has portals for those looking to hire and those looking to get hired.
Slingshot has teams of associates specifically dedicated to Worship Arts and Communications staffing. So if you have an advanced degree in one of those fields, or if your experience puts you in high demand, Slingshot will want to hear from you.
Potential candidates can search the job postings archive—which includes categories for Communications, Tech Arts, and Worship Arts—for free.
Another church-centric staffing agency, Vanderbloemen offers professional headhunting services for large churches. Vanderbloemen also offers career coaching, and has lots of online resources for job seekers.
Vanderbloemen has worked with some of the biggest churches in the country, so if you have a lot of experience and are looking to take the next step in your career, this is the destination for you.
Their site also includes a job directory where candidates can browse categories like Creative Arts and Operations.
Do you have any tips for finding a church technology job?
How did you find your job in church technology, and what advice would you give to a young person looking to get their start in church tech? Churches need mentors to ensure the continued viability of their profession, so please share your tips in the comments below.