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Posted by Sarah Robins on 3/23/17 7:46 AM

How To Manage Volunteers For Your (& Their) Sanity

 

You already know that volunteers are the lifeblood of your church’s ministries. You probably also know that managing their schedules and keeping your volunteer rosters full can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help you overcome this common challenge!

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Posted by Sarah Newsome on 3/22/17 7:26 AM

How To Lead & Develop Creatives On Your Church Staff with Stephen Brewster [Podcast]

The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William talks with Stephen Brewster, the Creative Arts Pastor of Real Life Church in Orlando, FL.

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Posted by Katie Viscontini on 3/21/17 7:19 AM

How To Engage & Retain Your Easter Visitors

In the Christian world, there’s a category of churchgoers who fall into the “Easter and Christmas” category. These people may identify as a Christian, but only attend church twice a year. What keeps them coming back every year? It may be tradition, family, or obligation, but with the right perspective, they could be the very people on the brink of a whole new way of life.

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Posted by Meredith Mohr on 3/20/17 7:47 AM

3 Keys For A Flourishing Kids' Ministry

 

What is the secret sauce to a flourishing Kids’ Ministry? It is the question all Children's Ministry leaders ask. In our quest to find the answer, we attend Children’s Ministry Conferences, read #KidMin blogs and books, and listen to podcasts. It is a ministry that has to balance safety, fun, and Biblical truths all in an engaging and age-appropriate environment. There are so many questions to be answered. Should we provide a specific ministry for differently-abled children? How often should we ask people to volunteer? What is the best curriculum? What should our volunteer-to-child ratio be? How should we separate age groups? Snacks or no snacks?

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Posted by Jennifer Winge on 3/16/17 7:33 AM

4 Ways To Balance The Tensions In Hiring

 

There is one conversation that I have in almost every consultation with a church or ministry looking to hire. It revolves around helping leaders and search teams understand this truth: You must balance the tension of essentials you need and traits you want in a new hire. Another way to think of it is “must have“ versus “like to have” qualities. The truth of any staff search process is that we all have values we desire in a potential new hire, yet no one single person often can meet all of our expectations.

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Posted by Deanna Kotrla on 3/15/17 7:07 AM

How To Do Effective Outreach To Men with Roger Patterson [Podcast]

The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William talks with Roger Patterson, Senior Pastor of West University Baptist in Houston, Texas.

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Posted by Katie Viscontini on 3/14/17 7:17 AM

4 Priorities Every Church Leader Must Set

The urgent will always outshout the important if we let it. When I was a pastor, I discovered that the "urgent" items on my list would fight, claw, and scream for my constant attention. But the tragedy is while we’re putting out the fires of the urgent, what is truly important is often left in a holding pattern. The important is neither noisy or demanding, it patiently and quietly waits for us to realize its significance. 

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/13/17 7:15 AM

How To Celebrate Church Staff Employee Milestones

It’s an irrefutable fact that making your employees feel celebrated and appreciated goes a long way toward staff member retention, effectiveness, happiness, and productivity. Recognizing the hard work of your church staff members is a big component of great staff culture. If your team members feel their work is appreciated, they’re likely to keep working harder and better. On the flipside, if they don’t feel that their work is ever recognized, they’ll probably move on to another workplace.

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Posted by Katie Viscontini on 3/9/17 7:44 AM

5 Ways Church Leaders Can Spot High-Capacity Candidates

Every day, I get to help church leaders in the process of church staffing. And consistently, these leaders want to hire what we call "high-capacity" team members. Dictionary.com defines capacity as “the ability to receive or contain; the power of receiving impressions or knowledge; mental ability; actual ability to perform, yield, or withstand.” Capacity includes natural gifts and abilities, particular skill sets, measured experiences, and passions that rally around a job description and give the candidate every opportunity to succeed.

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/8/17 7:41 AM

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