We base hiring decisions for the CentriKid office and CentriKid summer staff on three qualities….character, chemistry, and competence … in that order. We get this emphasis from reading Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels.
- It all begins with character, and this is non-negotiable. We seek out staff who demonstrate Christ-like character and a calling to ministry. Our ministry is focused on making the message of Christ clear for kids at camp so we must have staff who are pursuing Christ.
- Team chemistry is not an easy thing to predict, but the type of person we hire has to be one that we believe will fit the CentriKid culture. The nature of serving at camp is in a team setting where everybody pitches in to help get the work done behind the scenes. Even with kids, it is a team approach to connecting with them through the week, helping answer questions, explaining spiritual truths, and modeling the gospel in our lives.
- Competence comes 3rd on the list, although it is very important, we make the distinction that it isn’t the MOST important thing about a staffer. We don’t just hire a person because they are good at something… their character and chemistry to match up first.
Jeremy Echols leads our interview team and knows the importance of selecting great staff to lead our ministry, because of the trust that Children’s Leaders place in CentriKid. He is always reading and always looking for new ways to improve our staff selection process…and always on the look-out for great new applicants.