Brian Howard and his staff were exceptionally skilled at working with our team to help us assess our church’s culture, candidate profile, and church/community attributes. With their vast network of pastoral contacts, they helped us market our search literally from coast to coast and all in between. They scheduled interviews and follow-ups, along with in-person candidate visits. They understand the search process and helped us navigate through a large candidate pool. As a team, we believe God led us to the man he had prepared to be our new Lead Pastor, and we also believe He used Context Staffing to counsel and prayerfully walk alongside us throughout that process. I would highly recommend any church or search team that is faced with the task of filling any pastoral vacancy to partner with Context Staffing. Their ability to walk alongside our team and help assist in our process was extraordinary.
Trinity West Seattle
West Seattle, WA
The team at Context Staffing from the beginning of our search to hiring our new lead pastor was with our church every step of the way. They guided our pastoral search committee with a wealth of practical wisdom and sound biblical principles. Context made sure they understood the culture of our church and our city to find the right pastor for our context. Because Context’s process and deliverables were clear, our church was hopeful throughout the search process. We highly recommend retaining Context to find your next pastor.
Denver, CO – Executive Pastor
The process of searching for a senior leader of a growing church can feel daunting. It requires a high level of engagement, some nuanced giftings, and countless hours. We had been trying to navigate this process on our own for over a year before finally engaging with Context Staffing. It was a game changer. They helped us with every step of the process, taking an overwhelming task and making it clear, accessible, and effective. This is a great investment for any church looking to add a strong leader to their team.
Gary McQuinn, Lead Pastor
Christ Community Church
Houston, TX – Lead Pastor
Brian and his team were an indispensable part of our search process – meaning we couldn’t have done it without him. Brian has the ministry experience to connect with candidates and the leadership experience to guide search teams. Context’s network of candidates will give you access to candidates that you would not have seen otherwise. Brian will connect with your team easily with wisdom and a warm bedside manner. He was able to understand our church, our theology and our ministry context in an amazingly short period of time. In many ways, he knew what we needed better than we did. We can’t stress enough how important it is to have a unimpassioned third-party as a member of your search team, and Brian fits that role perfectly. Also, the Context team takes care of all sorts of administrative items that the Search Team would never think of on their own – setting up video calls, maintaining candidate lists, checking references, providing interview questions. Brian is a gifted project manager and does what he says he’s going to do every time. You’ll be happy you hired him.
David Marye – Elder and Search Team Member of C3 Houston
Burbank, California – Lead Pastor
We recently hired Brian Howard for our lead pastor search for our church in Burbank, CA. We were replacing a longtime and well loved pastor, so we entered this process with a lot of questions and apprehension. Brian was outstanding throughout the whole process. Because of his expertise, passion and deep network, we were able to find several impressive candidates that we ultimately narrowed down to the one that we truly believe is the perfect fit for our church and congregation. I cannot express our gratitude enough for Brian’s time and talent.
Jay Coile – Search Team Chair
The Austin Stone Church
Congregation Pastor – Austin, Texas
Context Staffing has been an incredible asset to our church. We want to develop leaders from within but when it’s time to refine our culture and team by looking outside having Context Staffing has been incredible. Their tools and process helped us connect to some amazing leaders we would not have met otherwise.
Kevin Peck – Lead Pastor
The Paradox Church
Fort Worth, TX — Executive Pastor
Brian has been in our seat, he has coached hundreds of us, and he still loves the local church. He understands team fit and culture, and the complexity of hiring the right person for the right role. He and his team will be your coach, your counsel, your administrator, and a champion for you and your church. You won’t regret the investment.
Jim Essian – Lead Pastor of The Paradox Church
Eugene, Oregon – Lead Pastor
“I can’t say enough about Brian Howard and our experience with Context Staffing. He coached us through a complex transition and helped us find a fantastic leader for our church. I would highly recommend using his services. Context Staffing exceeded all of our expectations!” –
Rick Beckett – Ekklesia Eugene
Heritage Christian Fellowship
“I would definitely recommend Context Staffing to other ministry leaders looking to hire. The candidate pool that we received from Context Staffing was far superior to anything we would have done on our own. We are thrilled with the outcome.”