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The Two Most Common Firing Situations (And How To Handle Them)
Posted by Maggie Richter on 2/22/18 7:01 AM

5 Ways To Develop A Multigenerational Church 

Having a multigenerational church is often considered a highly desirable goal. However, even churches with members spanning the age spectrum can struggle to integrate generations in a meaningful and authentic way. So how do you keep your congregation from self-segregating across generational lines?

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 2/21/18 7:00 AM

How Secular Work Experience Prepared Me To Plant A Church with David Dwight [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 David Dwight, Senior Pastor of HOPE Church in Richmond, Virginia. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 2/20/18 7:00 AM

3 Things All Campus Pastors Should Do

The roles of a campus pastor are as different as the churches in which you find them. Some campus pastors teach every Sunday, some don’t teach at all. Some office out of the main campus, while others lead a campus in a completely different state from the others. As such, it can be difficult to make hard set rules that encompass every different type and role of campus pastor.

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Posted by Rusty Gates on 2/19/18 7:00 AM

4 Teams Every Senior Pastor Needs

Teams are everywhere. Patrick Lencioni speaks about the power of teams, John Maxwell explains the value of teams, and Forbes shares a plethora of great articles on leading teams. But which teams would be the most helpful to a pastor?

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 2/15/18 7:00 AM

5 Ways To Equip Your Volunteers This Weekend

Churches often approach managing volunteers in two different ways. Sometimes churches are so systematized that they allow no room for creativity and agility on their volunteer teams. Other churches like for volunteers to come up with their own systems and structure for the ministry.

High capacity volunteers often like structure because it lets them know what’s expected within the ministry and lowers the barrier to entry. Most volunteers work full time jobs and don’t necessarily have or want the capacity to come up with curriculum, guidelines, or lists.

As someone who has been a volunteer in various church ministry activities, I know both approaches offer various pros and cons. Regardless of where your church is on that spectrum, there are certain resources that every volunteer should be knowledgeable about.  

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 2/14/18 7:00 AM

Why Pastors Need To Be Architects Of Culture with Daniel Floyd [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 Daniel Floyd, founding and Senior Pastor of Lifepoint Church in Virginia. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 2/13/18 7:00 AM

4 Strategies To Interview For A Cultural Fit

These days, if you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a dozen times: workplace culture is crucial to retaining happy and healthy employees. It’s one thing to simply enjoy the role you hold in an organization, but that will only go so far. No matter how much your staff members like their particular jobs, employee retention will suffer if your culture is toxic.

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 2/12/18 7:00 AM

9 Questions To Ask When Interviewing An Executive Pastor

From the time I was a teen, I knew I was destined to work at a church. The problem was, I didn’t see any roles that fit me. I didn’t have a drive to preach, so I didn’t want to be a senior pastor. I didn’t like teens even when I was one, and so figured I shouldn’t be a youth pastor. And my musical ability wasn’t awesome, which meant being a worship leader wasn’t in my future.

Then I met an executive pastor, and in a nanosecond I knew that was my destiny. What? I can run a church without having to be the guy in the spotlight? Sign me up.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 2/8/18 7:00 AM

How To Pick The Best References For Your Job Search

In our work finding key staff members for our clients, we ask job candidates to provide references in three categories: an individual they reported to, a colleague or peer, and at least one individual that reported to the candidate. Even within these three categories, candidates often ask, “who should I list as a reference?”

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 2/7/18 7:00 AM

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