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Making Room At The Table For Outside Hires with Pastor Stu Hodges
Posted by Maggie Richter on 12/12/17 7:00 AM

How To Positively Influence Your Staff Culture

Making an impact on culture can seem like a daunting task, especially when you are not a leader or in a place of authority. However, taking small steps to influence your work culture can be lead to an incredibly big impact in the long run. So how can you make a difference when you’re not in charge?

Start by asking yourself the five questions below.

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 12/11/17 8:29 AM

8 Tips For Pastors Struggling With Burnout

I served at the same church for 20 years. In case you are wondering, that means I showed up for work at the same place for 7,287 days in a row. I was treated well and went on vacation every year, but there were no sabbaticals or extended leaves. 

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 12/11/17 7:00 AM

How To Manage Generational Differences During A Senior Pastor Search

When we visit with churches that are going through a senior pastor search, we often see a strong generational divide. Either the younger congregants feel as if the pastor search committee isn’t considering candidates who will bring the church “up-to-date”, or the older congregants feel that the committee is trying to force change while neglecting the church’s legacy.

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Posted by David Fantin on 12/7/17 7:01 AM

The 5 Words That Will Ruin Your Resume

There are countless articles that will tell you the latest trends in what to include on your resume. I highly recommend staying up-to-date on what these trends are. After all, your resume is a communication device that will either be compelling or boring to the reader.

If your employment journey does not inspire confidence in who you are and what you can do, then your potential employer or recruiter will likely keep looking for one that does. Just as the words you say during an interview matter, the words you use on your resume matter. Here are some words to avoid at all costs.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 12/6/17 7:00 AM

The #1 Question Every Growing Church Needs To Ask with Pastor Chris Hodges

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 Pastor Chris Hodges, founding and Senior Pastor of Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 12/5/17 7:47 AM

5 Ways To Approach An Upcoming Ministry Transition

As a search specialist at Vanderbloemen Search Group, I have the opportunity to regularly speak with pastors and leaders who are in the midst of some kind of transition. One of the most common transitions I see is church leaders sensing that their time in a particular ministry is coming to an end. This could be children’s ministry, youth ministry, or even outreach; regardless, they feel at peace with the closing of a certain season and are eager to jump into the next.

Through these conversations, I’ve seen some common trends among those who manage this transition well. If you find yourself sensing a transition ahead, below are five pieces of advice to approach it well.

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Posted by Rusty Gates on 12/4/17 7:00 AM

3 Ways To Increase Your Attendance This Christmas

Christmas is one of the greatest opportunities to invite friends, neighbors, and family to church. Millions of people will flow into a Christmas Eve or Christmas service, many of them attending for the very first time. Why? Because someone invited them.

As we prepare for celebrating one of the most historic days in our Christian faith – the birth of Christ, here are three effective ways to can increase your attendance this year: 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 11/30/17 7:00 AM

4 Essential Keys To Invite (Not Recruit) Volunteers Into Your Children’s Ministry

Many children’s pastors and directors agree on how difficult it is to attract and keep volunteers for their ministries. As a former children’s ministry volunteer director, I experienced these struggles regularly. While the perfect solution to this problem doesn’t exist, considering the importance of "quality over quantity" is a great start.

In our free webinar on How To Build & Grow A Stellar Children's Ministry, we talk about the importance of inviting your congregation to serve. Inviting your congregation to serve - as opposed to requiring them to do so - can make a big difference in retaining quality volunteers.

Below are four ways to invite and onboard new volunteers into your children’s ministry.

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Posted by Marisol Rubio on 11/29/17 7:00 AM

The Essential Role Of The Executive Pastor with Scott Douglass [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, Sarah talks with Scott Douglass, Executive Pastor of LifePoint Church in Reisterstown, MD.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 11/28/17 7:00 AM

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