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6 Mistakes Leaders Make When Inheriting A New Team – And How To Avoid Them
Posted by Jay Mitchell on 10/17/18 7:08 AM

Feeling Stuck In Your Faith? Get Out Of Your Rut With These Habits with Darryl Dash [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Holly Tate talks with Darryl Dash, church planter and pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, Canada.  

It's easy for many of us to feel stuck in our faith, to feel like we're going through the motions. Today, Holly talks with Darryl about his new book, How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to All of Life, and his suggestions for getting out of that rut and a practical, habit-based approach to spiritual growth.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/16/18 7:08 AM

3 Reasons Explaining The 'Why' Can Boost Your Employee Engagement

While the benefits of establishing a mission and vision are clear, when you get into the routine of day-to-day operations, it is often easy to forget the purpose behind each task on your to-do list. Most churches establish a mission and vision from the beginning to communicate the purpose behind everything they set out to do. What if church leaders applied that same mentality to each project and task presented to their staff and team members?

Here are three ways clear communication on the purpose behind new projects and assignments can motivate your staff members and boost their productivity.

Posted by Chelsea Tyson on 10/15/18 7:06 AM

Need Help In These 4 Areas? It May Be Time To Invest In HR

Unless you are like me, human resources is probably not something that excites you. It may not even be something you give much thought to, but it's a critical part of any well-functioning organization. Ideally, an HR professional acts as a liaison between an employer and the employees, advocating for both the best interest of the company and the employee.

Because of this unique combination, HR should be a vital part of any organization. In the early stages of an organization, having someone on your staff whose sole job is HR does not usually make much sense. However, as you grow, the need for an HR professional becomes greater. It may be difficult to decide when the right time is to create that position. A good time to start looking into creating an HR role is when you begin to realize your organization needs help in the following four areas:

Posted by Bailley Hawkins on 10/10/18 7:03 AM

The Importance Of Honoring Trust And Maintaining Financial Integrity with Dan Busby [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Dan Busby, president of ECFA, an organization that accredits Christ-centered ministries in the areas of governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising.

William talks with Dan about the challenges church leaders face to maintain financial integrity – and how doing the right things for the right reasons financially starts at the top of any organization.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/9/18 7:06 AM

Why You Can't Keep Great Staff Right Now – And What To Do For The Future

At Vanderbloemen, our week is often filled with stories about staff turnover within churches. Whether it’s an Executive Pastor talking about losing a ministry leader or a search committee member talking through the difficulties of getting a lead pastor search started, turnover happens. Many times, turnover is unavoidable. God calls each of us to one place at a time, which often means He will call us elsewhere eventually.

However, there is certain turnover that is avoidable, and we've found a few reoccurring themes. Many times these themes go unnoticed until a church has someone from the outside look into the problem. 

Here are the two biggest reasons why great staff may leave a church – and how to address these problems before it's too late.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/8/18 7:04 AM

The Biggest Challenge With Salaries In Growing Churches – And How To Address It

Church growth equates to Kingdom growth, and that growth should always be celebrated. Inevitably, however, organizations that grow must confront challenges with growing pains: the way things have been done in the past simply will not scale and need to be changed. 

One of these areas is staffing. A growing church often needs to add additional staff roles to effectively serve more people. However, this opens a Pandora’s box of staff salaries. Any Executive or Senior Pastor might lose sleep over the fact that the new Student Pastor hire will be making more than their supervisor, who hasn't yet received a raise. Here are five helpful ideas to think through when your staff salaries are lagging behind your attendance and financial growth.  

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 10/3/18 7:05 AM

Why Being Chief Is A Choice, Not A Title with Rick Miller [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Rick Miller, a business leader who has served as President and/or CEO in Fortune 10, Fortune 30, non-profit, and startup companies.

William talks with Rick about his new book, Be Chief: It’s a Choice, Not a Titleand how to establish authentic connections and effectively lead in a position of power – and why effectively wielding power is the key to sustainable organizational growth.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/2/18 7:06 AM

The Biggest Challenges Of Restricted Gifts And How You Can Handle Them

A special thanks to Dan Busby, CEO of ECFA, for his contributions to this post to ensure accuracy on this topic.

A significant part of being involved in the church is giving. Giving is not only important to the church because it funds its ministry, but it is also a vital part of the Christian faith. The Bible has much to say about stewardship and how it blesses the individual. As church leaders, we want to avoid discouraging someone from giving.

Understanding restricted gifts and their related challenges can help you and your church determine the most effective way to handle donations that are restricted. Here are three commonly asked questions about restricted gifts.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/1/18 7:04 AM

How Churches, Leaders, And Ministries Can Multiply Their Impact Through Collaboration, Not Competition with Peter Greer [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Peter Greer, president and CEO of Hope International, a global Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

William talks with Peter about his new book, Rooting for Rivals, and how churches, leaders, and ministries can multiply their impact through collaboration, not competition.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 9/25/18 7:08 AM

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