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Harvard MBA Joins FaithSearch Ministry Team

FaithSearch Partners, one of the nation’s leading retained executive search firms, welcomes new affiliate partner, Mike Bonem to its ministry division.  “We believe Mike’s background in strategic planning will allow us to better meet the needs of the church and ministry clients,” said Ed Fry, president of FaithSearch.

Bonem obtained his M.B.A. degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School in 1985, after having obtained a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1981.  His business endeavors have included consulting as a senior manager with McKinsey & Company and serving in a senior leadership role in two environmental service companies.

As a consultant, Bonem focuses on the development of effective strategies and change management, particularly in established organizations.  He has helped pastors and congregations to initiate healthy change processes, conduct congregational assessments, discern God’s vision and establish implementation plans.  Bonem is a distinguished speaker and author who has developed and taught seminars on congregational change worldwide.  He is the author of In Pursuit of Great AND Godly Leadership: Tapping the Wisdom of the World for the Kingdom of God (Jossey-Bass, 2012); and the co-author of Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey (Jossey-Bass, 2000) and Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams (Jossey-Bass, 2005).  He also serves as a trainer and coach for congregational leaders, helping them grown in their ministry effectiveness.

Bonem has served local churches in a variety of volunteer roles including deacon and Bible study leader.  Most recently, he served as executive pastor at West University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.

“The importance of hand-selecting the right people for leadership, particularly within churches and other ministries, is the key to excellence, integrity and growth,” said Bonem.  “FaithSearch Partners is an outstanding organization that is well-positioned to help meet this vital need.”

FaithSearch Partners is one of the nation’s leading retained executive search firms and is the only one of its kind focused exclusively on identifying and recruiting leaders for churches, parachurch organizations, as well as faith-based hospitals and healthcare systems.  Combined, consultants at FaithSearch Partners have successfully managed more than 450 executive-level searches for numerous high-profile faith-based organizations across the country.  Its website can be found at


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