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Church Employment Website ChurchStaffing.com Sees Positive Growth for Pastor and Ministry Jobs

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We’re seeing highly qualified pastors and seminary students, who have experience in multiple ministry areas, being able to meet this demand. Our goal is to match local churches and Christian ministries with the leadership team that's right for their needs.

A recent survey by Salem Web Network reveals that 25% of churches are continuing to increase their church staff despite an increasing national unemployment rate. While job websites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com are seeing a 31% decrease in job postings from last year, it’s an encouraging fact to know that churches continue to grow and hire. The largest church employment website, ChurchStaffing.com has seen over 500 job postings during the past three months and has attracted over 8,000 new job seekers for church and ministry employment.

“During times of uncertainty, people turn to their local church for spiritual guidance and direction. Now more than ever, churches are needing to grow their staff and ministry teams,” said Brad Mauldin, Director of ChurchStaffing.com. “We’re seeing highly qualified pastors and seminary students, who have experience in multiple ministry areas, being able to meet this demand. Our goal is to match local churches and Christian ministries with the leadership team that's right for their needs.”

For ChurchStaffing.com, the harvest is plentiful and the workers are not few. With more than 15,000 resumes from pastors, ministry leaders, and seminary students, the site offers churches a wealth of qualified applicants. Additional resources including background checks, candidate assessments, and compensation handbooks provide both large and small churches the tools they need to grow and maintain an effective leadership team.

Jill Stearns from Avenal First Baptist Church in Avenal, CA shares, "After an unsatisfying six month attempt to fill our pastor position using the traditional denominational approach, we placed our opening on ChurchStaffing.com. Yesterday, we called our new leader to ministry! Our new pastor responded to the online ad within hours of it being posted on your site. The three month posting on your site provided us with several hundred applicants (yikes!), many of whom were well suited for our congregation.”

Churches and ministries seeking to hire new staff members can discover the benefits ChurchStaffing.com by visiting the employers website at http://www.churchstaffing.com/Employer and taking advantage of 50% off job postings through the end of August (promotion code:S50PJ09PR)

Follow the latest pastor and ministry job openings from ChurchStaffing.com on Twitter: http://twitter.com/churchstaff

About ChurchStaffing.com
ChurchStaffing.com is the largest online church employment website with more than 230, 000 visits and 1 million page-views per month. The site assists job seekers with weekly newsletters offering job seeker advice and tips from resume writing to interview etiquette, and builds relationships with their website visitors through social media sites like Facebook.com and Twitter.com. Additional resources including background checks, resume writing services, team building tools, salary comparisons, and more, ChurchStaffing.com is able to meet the needs of churches hiring and job seekers.

About Salem Web Network
Salem Web Network, the online division of Salem Communications, began in 1999 with a single website – OnePlace.com. Today, SWN consists of 12 national sites, including the most well-known brands in the faith marketplace, such as Crosswalk.com, OnePlace.com, BibleStudyTools.com, and Christianity.com. Additionally, more than 50 radio station websites are part of SWN’s platform, which now reaches more than 7 million users every month. Visit: http://www.salemwebnetwork.com

About Salem Communications
Salem Communications (NASDAQ: SALM) is a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. In addition to its radio properties, Salem owns Salem Radio Network(R), which syndicates talk, news and music programming to approximately 2,000 affiliates; Salem Radio Representatives(TM), a national radio advertising sales force; Salem Web Network(TM), an Internet provider of Christian content and online streaming; and Salem Publishing(TM), a publisher of Christian-themed magazines. Upon the close of all announced transactions, the company will own 93 radio stations, including 59 stations in 23 of the top 25 markets. Additional information about Salem may be accessed at the company's website, http://www.salem.cc

Contact: Kristie Rutzel
(804) 205-9674
kristie.rutzel(at)salemwebnetwork.com

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