FAQ

1.Is churchHive.com a hiring firm or a head-hunter?

No, but . . churchHive.com uses the best known ministry-related hiring variables in order to return the most closely matched percentage of potential candidates when analyzed between a church’s profile and the pool of possible candidates, much like a traditional ministry hiring firm.

churchHive™ is not an employer, an employment agency, or an agent of any religious organization. Each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that, by answering these questions and submitting them to this site, the user is voluntarily providing the information to churchHive for matching services. A user may elect to answer all, some, or none of the questions in a questionnaire. However, each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that unanswered questions may impact the ability of churchHive to match the user with a prospective church or other religious organization to find suitable pastor jobs. churchHive does not warrant or guarantee any matches, employment, or offers of employment between a user and a church or other religious organization.

2.What is churchHive.comâ„¢?

Simply put, churchHive.com™ is a matching service, a ministry tool attempting to help churches find potential candidates for employment by comparing the input from churches and candidates. churchHive.com is NOT a social network or a headhunting company.

churchHive™ is not an employer, an employment agency, or an agent of any religious organization. Each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that, by answering these questions and submitting them to this site, the user is voluntarily providing the information to churchHive for matching services. A user may elect to answer all, some, or none of the questions in a questionnaire. However, each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that unanswered questions may impact the ability of churchHive to match the user with a prospective church or other religious organization. churchHive does not warrant or guarantee any matches, employment, or offers of employment between a user and a church or other religious organization.

3.Can our church download the questions so we can take them to our hiring committee?

Yes, please check this link for a download of the church questions.

https://app.box.com/v/churchquestions

4.Is churchHive.com a resume / job-posting site?

No, we do not resemble a resume / job-posting site, however, you may post your resume / job in your profile for others to view as they get matched with your profile.

We have found that most resume posting sites are public for all the world to see and this may present an issue for those wanting to discretely look for their next church job opening position.

There are a myriad of issues related to resume posting sites besides the fact that they are antiquated and not reliable or accurate when it comes to hiring staff or seeking a job.

churchHive™ is not an employer, an employment agency, or an agent of any religious organization. Each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that, by answering these questions and submitting them to this site, the user is voluntarily providing the information to churchHive for matching services. A user may elect to answer all, some, or none of the questions in a questionnaire. However, each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that unanswered questions may impact the ability of churchHive to match the user with a prospective church or other religious organization to find suitable pastor openings. churchHive does not warrant or guarantee any matches, employment, or offers of employment between a user and a church or other religious organization.

5.Is churchHive.com a social network?

No. churchHive.com is NOT a social network.

churchHive™ is not an employer, an employment agency, or an agent of any religious organization. Each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that, by answering these questions and submitting them to this site, the user is voluntarily providing the information to churchHive for matching services. A user may elect to answer all, some, or none of the questions in a questionnaire. However, each user understands, acknowledges, and agrees that unanswered questions may impact the ability of churchHive to match the user with a prospective church or other religious organization to find suitable pastor positions. churchHive does not warrant or guarantee any matches, employment, or offers of employment between a user and a church or other religious organization.

6.As a job seeker, is there a way to hide my profile from my current employer?

Yes, we do not broadcast your church job seeking profile to the world like most resume posting sites.

I say this tongue and cheek, however, the only way your church would see your profile is if they are actively looking to fill your position and get matched with you. Awkward!

7.As a church, will the candidates be able to see my answers to the site questions?

In short, No. The candidates are only allowed to see the answers that they have given to the site questions.

However, each church may view the answers given by a matching candidate for any church job opening by signing up for a Premium Account and printing out a side by side comparison PDF of the match results. 

8.Does churchHive.com make any guarantees?

churchHive.com is a database and query website attempting to help churches find potential candidates for church job positions  by comparing the data provided by both the church and the candidate. It is up to our clients to thoroughly fill out and maintain their profile so that they can receive the best search query results regarding pastor jobs. This requires that all churches and candidates be truthful with their profile.  Please see our Terms and Conditions of Service for more information.

9.What criteria does churchHive.com use to get results?

churchHive.com uses the best known ministry-related hiring variables in order to return the most closely matched percentage of potential candidates when analyzed between a church’s profile and the pool of possible candidates, much like a ministry hiring firm.

10.Does churchHive.com do the hiring for the church?

No. This is completely up to the church as to whether they want to use our query results or not.

11.Who owns the information placed on churchHive.com?

The information that is provided by each person filling out a profile solely belongs to the person who entered the information upon signing up with us. churchHive.com does retain the right to use the database for analytics pertaining to demographics. However, we never intend to sell or give rights to third parties.  Please see our Privacy Statement (Policy) for more information.

12.Do you have any safety tips and best practices for using your site?

SAFETY TIPS

Make Your churchHive Experience Safe.

Finding the right lead online is not only possible, but likely.  churchHive works hard to deliver you the most compatible matches possible.  We at churchHive believe in empowering you to make the best choices by providing guidance and support to help you discover your best fit for potential employment throughout your search.

As with anyone you meet—online or offline—your sound judgment and instincts are necessary to protect yourself.  There is no substitution for acting with caution when communicating with someone you are just getting to know.  Here are some essential “rules-of-the-road” you may wish to use for safely navigating any interaction, but especially one that begins online.

1. Always Use Your Best Judgment.

While churchHive routinely monitors account activity and investigates complaints of unusual, inappropriate or falsified accounts, churchHive does not conduct criminal background checks at the time an account is registered.  As with any personal interaction, keep in mind it is always possible for people to misrepresent themselves.  Assessing a match’s truthfulness and honesty is ultimately your responsibility.  Don’t ignore any facts that seem inconsistent or “off.”  Trust your instincts and remember that you have control over the situation.  If you’re talking to someone online or by phone and they say things that raise your suspicions, consider ending the conversation.  If you’re on an interview and you feel uncomfortable, end the interview.

Also, be aware of these common red flags when you’re getting to know someone new.  Watch out for someone who:

  • -Immediately requests to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service.
  • -Claims that your introduction was “destiny” or “fate,” especially early in communication.
  • -Claims to be from the United States but is currently living, working, or traveling abroad.
  • -Asks for money, goods, or any similar type of assistance, especially if you have never met in person. 
  • -Asks you to assist with personal transactions (depositing funds, shipping merchandise, etc.). 
  • -Wants the interview process to progress faster than you are comfortable going.
  • -Reports a sudden personal crisis and pressures you to provide financial assistance.  Be especially wary if the person’s demands become increasingly aggressive.
  • -Asks inappropriate questions.
  • -Requests your home or work address under the guise of sending gifts.
  • -Tells inconsistent or grandiose stories.
  • -Gives vague answers to specific questions.
  • -Urges you to compromise your principles.
  • -Constantly blames others for troubles in his or her life.
  • -Disappears suddenly from the site then reappears under a different name.

If a match does any of the above activities or makes you suspicious in any other way, please report this as a match concern by clicking on the “Report Abuse” button on your dashboard so that we can investigate the matter.

2. NEVER Share Financial Information or Certain Personal Information.

  • -NEVER give out your credit card number or bank information.
  • -NEVER share your Social Security Number, mother’s maiden name, or other private information that can be used to access your financial information.
  • -NEVER send money to someone you meet online, especially by wire transfer.
  • -Immediately stop communicating with anyone who pressures you for personal or financial information or attempts in any way to trick you into revealing it.  

3. Protect Your Account.

When accessing your account from a public or shared computer, use caution and be aware of your surroundings so that others are not able to view or record your password or other personal information.

4. Be Cautious When Sharing Personal Information.

We strongly encourage you to be cautious when sharing personal information that could reveal your identity.  Take full advantage of our secure and guided communication process.  Once you’ve given out personal information, you cannot take it back!  We encourage you to get to know a match well via our secure “churchHive Mail” system before taking the next step and sharing a telephone number, instant messenger handle or email address.

Phoning with the other person is an important step in getting to know each other better.  But before you share phone numbers, make sure you have discussed the need to respect each other’s privacy.  If either of you decide to end communication in the future, make sure to agree to delete/remove any contact information you acquired.  For added security, try using your phone’s privacy features when you call, like private number blocking.  We recommend using Google Voice™ service for calls.  You may always be able to delete the old Google Voice™ number if need be.

5. Do Your Own Research.

While we conduct certain types of screening and utilize a variety of screening technologies, it is important to remember that such screenings are inherently limited.  Registries can be incomplete or inaccurate, and states and jurisdictions differ as to what type of crime must be registered on their registries and what types of crimes get removed.  Many crimes often go unreported and perpetrators are not always convicted.  Relying solely on screening can provide a false sense of security, so we strongly recommend that you follow up with your own inquiry regardless of any screenings that we may perform.  When it comes to your leads, you are in ultimate control.

We rely on the honesty of our members when filling out our churchHive questionnaire(s) to supply us with their correct city and state of residence, occupation, educational background and other information.

Regardless of the degree of match you feel you have, we encourage you to do your own research before meeting in person.  This can include typing your match’s name into a search engine, contacting your state or local municipalities to obtain public information, or using a paid service to obtain a full background report.  Above all else, use common sense.  Pay attention to the details someone shares with you.  If you find anything that doesn’t seem to add up, follow your intuition and stop communicating with that person.

6. Use Caution When Deciding to Click on Any URL Link.

We understand that a match may share a Uniform Resource Locator (“URL”) link to a favorite website or article as part of the get-to-know-you communication process.  However, as a general practice, you should always use good judgment and be cautious when deciding to click on any URL links.  In particular, be aware of links that lead to web pages which look similar or identical to the churchHive homepage, including its log-in fields.  These links are typically sent as attempts to “phish” for log-in information from users in order to compromise user accounts.  You should report any such phishing attempts to churchHive immediately.  The only way to log in to your churchHive account (through our webpage) is by directly accessing the churchHive website at www.churchHive.com.

7. Take Your Time.

While online communication can accelerate one’s sense of perceived familiarity, we can’t stress enough how important it is for you to take your time getting to know your match.  We encourage you to use the “churchHive Mail” system as long as necessary to find out as much about your match as is reasonably possible.

Even though churchHive’s Lead Generating system creates compatible matches, compatibility alone does not replace the need for real-life communication.  It is vital to get to know each other in a deep, revealing and meaningful way.  The more communication you share, the better your chances of avoiding hidden and sometimes unpleasant surprises.  So allow time for a variety of communication to occur.  Move slowly and pay attention to the reality of this new lead.

8. Always be Respectful and Kind.

Always be respectful and treat your matches as you would want them to treat you.  Not every match is going to be right for you so closing communication with matches and having matches close communication with you is a natural and healthy part of the process.  churchHive is about bringing matching leads together who have a solid foundation from which a long-term hopeful employment would have a high probability of success.  You still need to carefully consider whether this particular person is one with whom you would like employment.  If you feel the need to end communication, then be honest, direct and polite.  The sooner you address this determination, the better for both of you.

If a match feels the need to close communication with you, please respect their wishes.

9. Report Concerns About a Match to churchHive.

churchHive works hard to close individuals who misrepresent who they are on our site, and we take member complaints seriously.  If you have concerns about a particular match, please do not hesitate to contact us so that appropriate steps can be taken to keep churchHive safe.  First report the abuse by clicking the “Report Abuse” button then if the occurrence keeps taking place email your concerns to: info@churchHive.com.

In the rare case that abuse of communication takes place outside of churchHive sites, churchHive DOES NOT monitor the activity, and churchHive has no way of gaining control or responsibility of the communication that takes place.  Example: you share your phone number, and the lead continues to contact you even after you have stated that you no longer wish to have communication.  churchHive then cannot, and DOES NOT, assume any further responsibility for their actions.  We recommend that you report this activity to the appropriate authorities.

If churchHive closes an account for suspect activity, inappropriate behavior, or falsified identity, you may be notified via email to discontinue communicating with the match in question.  We strongly encourage all of our members to review emails received from churchHive to ensure that a communication like this is received promptly.

We hope these guidelines will help to make your churchHive experience a success, and that you will find your lead as so many others before you have done.

Sincerely,

churchHive Customer Care

This Privacy Statement was last revised on January 16, 2017.

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13.As a candidate, can I see the match details?

No. This section of churchHive.com remains permanently private for all candidates. This section is used by churchHive.com to run our proprietary algorithm and analytics so we can assess a percent of match between a church and candidates. This privacy allows for less, if any, potential manipulation of the match results. Premium Account churches are allowed to view side by side results to ensure the best overall match results for church jobs.

14.As a church, can I see the match details?

Yes. Premium Account churches are allowed to view side by side results to ensure the best overall match results. Candidates, however, cannot see the match details. This section of churchHive.com remains permanently private for all candidates. This section is used by churchHive.com to run our proprietary algorithm and analytics so we can assess a percent of match between a church and candidates. This privacy allows for less, if any, potential manipulation of the match results.

15.As a candidate, can I voluntarily upload my background check without a Premium Account?

No. This is strictly a Premium Account feature.  For Premium Account candidates, we will store the background check information, and this type of stored data will give Premium Account candidates a leg up when it comes to matching with churches because quick access to this information is part of what churches look for in matching with a candidate for ministry jobs. Plus it puts a crown on the Premium Account candidate’s profile as a highlight for churches. Neat!

16.Does churchHive.com perform or provide background checks for candidates?

No, not yet (we are actively working to offer options to candidates). However, we do allow a Premium Account candidate to voluntarily upload a current copy of his/her background check that he/she either paid for or requested from a third party. Upon a candidate successfully uploading a current copy of his/her background check, churchHive.com highlights the candidate’s account (currently, with a neat little star) so a church can quickly identify the candidate during the matching process as having voluntarily uploaded a current background check.

17.Why am I not getting any results on my candidate dashboard?

We suggest that you edit the answers to some of the questions on the questionnaire that may be a bit more flexible. If you set every single answer to the highest level then you may not get realistic results, or you not get any results at all. Our hope is that each user answers in a truthful fashion rather than in an overly enthusiastic manner.

churchHive.com is honored to help match candidates with churches.  Give us a try today!  God bless you.