Affordable. Easy. And we've got a nationwide network from 30 years experience in Children's & Family Ministry.

A complete solution for finding your next Children’s and/or Family Ministry Pastor/Director.
All steps are personally managed by Greg J Baird.

The Search Process
  • Creation of “Position Profile” (via extended interview with appropriate leaders from your church) used for informing possible candidates of the community, the church and the children’s or family ministry represented by the opportunity.
  • Publication of opportunity on multiple ministry job boards, social media, etc.
  • Identification & initial interviews of candidates, including, but not limited to, searching through:
    • CML Search database of resumes, as well as other accessible databases;
    • Contact via our extensive nationwide children’s & family ministry network;
    • Creation of new networks relative to your church (denominational, regional, etc.);
    • On-going publication of position via various online avenues, conferences, etc.
  • Initial screening of all applicants to determine qualifications and fit.
  • In-depth screening of qualified candidates, to include:
    • Complete assessment package for each finalist candidate. This includes:
      • DISC Behavioral Assessment with full report
      • Spiritual gifts assessment
      • Proprietary Children’s Ministry Leader Children’s & Family Ministry Leadership Questionnaire, developed by Greg J Baird
    • In-depth interview by Greg J Baird regarding children’s & family ministry leadership experience & abilities, and match with this opportunity, resulting in the CML Children’s & Family Ministry Leadership Profile for finalist candidates;
    • Facilitation of your churches application process (or use of CML Search application).
  • Presentation to church of recommended candidates for review (usually 4-6 initially), from which “finalists” will be selected to continue the process. Search for new candidates will continue and additional candidates will be presented throughout process.
  • Assistance with your churches interview process, as requested.
  • Assistance with onboarding process, as requested.
  • Additional assistance throughout process, as requested and agreed upon.
Why CML Search? 
  • Sole Focus on Children’s & Family Ministry Positions Drawn from A National Network
    • We don’t do searches for any other area of ministry;
    • Our network is based on Greg J Baird’s 25+ years serving in children’s & family ministry, including:
      • Service in high profile churches (such as under the leadership of John Maxwell & David Jeremiah);
      • Speaking nationally (for Group Publishing and at dozens of conferences);
      • Writing for national magazines (numerous articles in Children’s Ministry Magazine, K! Magazine, Outreach Magazine & more, and at &;
      • Proactive network building with national leaders in Children’s & Family Ministry;
      • An active social media network consisting of nearly 15000 children’s & family ministry leaders.
  • Savings of Time, Resources & Frustration
    • We’re confident you’ll save money by investing your resources in CML Search;
    • You won’t have to: do any of the administration involved in promoting the opportunity; create your own network; process dozens of unqualified candidates; do initial screening and assessments.
  • Non-exclusive Agreement
    • This means that, while we are very confident we can find your next leader, not every candidate is required to come through us (we know you have other sources and you should be able to use them!)
    • Should you find a candidate via another avenue (your network, within the church, referral, etc.) we will waive the contingency portion of the fee. However, we will still process the candidate as if we found them upon your request!
  • Optional on-site visit
    • While an on-site visit is ideal prior to the start of a search, it is not required. We understand the dynamics of doing a search for this position.
    • At your request, Greg J Baird is happy to make an on-site visit at no additional cost in order to better understand your church and the opportunity – we just ask you to reimburse travel expenses (air/mileage; hotel; car rental; food).
  • Low, Flat Rate
    • Most search firms will charge at least 20 – 30% of the annual salary of the position (that’s $12000 to $18000 for a $60,000 annual salary position), or a set fee in a similar range, regardless of results.
    • We work with a church-friendly, lower, flat rate of $9997.
  • “Retingency” Fee Structure
    • We ask for a partial retainer fee to initiate process (50%; non-refundable).
    • The balance – contingency fee – is due upon completion of the successful search process (hiring of new staff referred by CML Search).
Frequently asked questions:
  • How long will a search take?
    • There is no guaranteed time frame. We’ve completed searches in as little as 6 weeks or as long as 9 months. We promise to do everything we can to complete your search as quickly as possible.
  • Is there limit to the length of an agreement?
    • Not unless you request one. We’d prefer to stick with the search until it’s completed, regardless of how long it takes.
  • What if we hire someone found by CML Search and they don’t work out?
    • If a new hire, referred by CML Search, leaves the position for which you hired them (for any reason) within 6 months of being hired, we will renew our search under the original agreement. No additional fees are required.
  • What churches have you partnered with? Here are just a few of the 40+ searches completed:
    • Menlo Park Presbyterian (Menlo Park, CA)
    • Visalia First AOG (Visalia, CA)
    • The Chapel (Chicago, IL)
    • Crossroads Community (Vancouver, WA)
    • Vancouver First COG (Vancouver, WA)
    • The Church at Brooks Hills (Birmingham, AL)

CLICK HERE to download PDF Overview of CML Search process.