June 8, 2018. I typed “church manager” in the Indeed job finding website “What” box and no such position, title or job listing came up. Refining the search, I entered my zip code; a listing for “church office manager” appeared, hardly the position I trained for or was looking for.
I entered “church manager” into the Monster job hunting website search box. Below is a snapshot of the first page of listings:
At the top of the Monster page (exhibit above), you’ll notice it reads “church manager Jobs (96 Jobs Found).” In fact, there we no “church manager” job postings … just postings that contained both words “manager” and “Church” (as in Church Drive-Westover, WV).
What about LinkedIn? June 8th, 2018, I searched for “church manager” and these were the first few listings:
The first “Business Manager” listing (in the exhibit above) fits the duties/role of a “church manager” but the listing may not have popped up at all if the word “Church” wasn’t elsewhere in the name of the organization or in the job description. The same [find these two words] algorithm, however, generated over a thousand listings that have nothing to do with church management.
Just to make sure I was entering job titles correctly, I entered “product manager’ in the LinkedIn search field. The result (exhibit below) was as I expected:
So, either “church manager” is a brand new job within the church and there aren’t many positions open or the same job goes by another title, like “parish manager” for example.
I entered “parish manager” in the LinkedIn search box:
Of course, if churches that post a “church manager” job opening don’t use “church manager” as the job title, “church manager” won’t appear anywhere.
I am told by people who should know that many churches have “parish managers.” If so, I wonder why the related – and very excellent – Villanova Business course is a Master’s in Church Management and not a Master’s in Parish Management?
Within the Church, administrative assistants, bookkeepers, office managers and others are sometimes referred to as “parish managers,” but to call these workers parish or church managers is simply not accurate. Actual church or parish managers are: the number two people in the church under the ordained/pastoral leader of the church; oversee all finance, HR, real estate and other business and operational activities; and, manage all lay staff members and volunteers (see “It Takes Two!” post).