Let me just say this plainly. The hiring process costs a lot whether you do it in house or through a search firm. You’ll spend a ton of time emailing people, reading resume’s, doing research on potential candidates, fielding and gently rejecting guys that are not the right fit, discussing potential candidates with others, doing phone interviews, checking references, flying guys in, having dinner, showing them around, etc. etc. etc. It takes a lot of time, and generally, the list of guys on your team that can step into this kind of work will be very short and will make their already busy schedules even busier. So, should you just hire a search firm? Maybe. Maybe not. Here are a four things to consider at your church.