We believe the best decisions balance both spiritual and evidence-based discernment practices
Guided Leadership Search™
We specialize in designing and co-leading “guided” search processes for Christian universities, seminaries, associations, community nonprofits, schools, denominations and missions organizations. Clients like Fuller Theological Seminary, Missio Nexus, Calvin College, Azusa Pacific University, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and The CEO Forum have partnered with us to build robust discernment processes to find the executive leader God had in mind for them.
Our search work is structured differently than a standard retained search firm. Rather than a client sharing their requirements, being assessed and then handing the process over to recruiting consultants, a Guided Leadership Search™ engages the client’s relationships and networks, led by their own dedicated, internal search team and guided by our expertise and experience in leadership search. Through this dedicated partnership approach, we work with the search chairperson and search team to build a plan that fits the client’s culture, networks and resources. In addition to finding an excellent leader, the community also benefits from increased participation and ownership, the creation of deeper “process trust,” and the building of future capacity to find other leaders. In addition, clients benefit from lower consulting fees compared to a standard retained search firm process.
Our Guided Leadership Search™ is an ideal fit for organizations that have a base of donors, supporters, alumni, members or are affiliated with associations or collaborative work efforts in the Christian community. We use proprietary survey tools, live interviews with key leaders, the development of unique “Critical Leadership Requirements™” and opportunity profiles, well-developed and proven process plans, and the SIMA ® Process to assure the right balance between evidence-based decisions and community-based discernment.
Oftentimes, a client is looking for more targeted selection consulting advice. Whether it is in role definition, candidate assessment or search process development, we work within our client’s requirements and budget to enhance their in-house search processes with the best possible resources. Just because your ministry has a smaller budget, doesn’t mean its leadership decisions are any less important.