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5 Lessons for Church Planters From Successful Startups
Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 5/17/18 7:08 AM

Why You Need to Cultivate a Culture of Honor to Drive Your Church Growth with Chris Lawson [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, Holly Tate, vice president of marketing at Vanderbloemen Search Group, talks with Chris Lawson, founder and chief creative officer of EverydayExiles.com and executive pastor at Reynolda Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Holly and Chris discuss why churches need to cultivate a culture of honor in order to stay true to history and tradition while also attracting the next generation.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 5/15/18 7:03 AM

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Conducting Reference Checks

Background and reference checks are a vital part of any interview or hiring process. Yet many organizations get reference checks wrong, placing their entire process at risk. As a part of our search process here at Vanderbloemen, we help our clients conduct thorough reference and background checks on potential hires. Thus, we have seen some common mistakes that organizations make related to the reference checks process. Here are five common mistakes to avoid when conducting reference checks:

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 5/14/18 7:09 AM

How To Empower Your Children's Ministry Volunteers

Volunteers are at the core of children’s ministry. As much as we would like to compensate them for their hard work, it is often not financially possible. However, we are capable of providing them with the necessary resources, training, and support to help them feel empowered to serve.

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Posted by Marisol Rubio on 5/10/18 7:11 AM

How To Be A Peacemaker And Avoid Staff Conflict

 

Conflict is inevitable. In a fallen world, conflict can and will happen. I served as a Lead Pastor for many years; I will be the first to affirm that the phrase, “No perfect people allowed,” includes church staff, too – even Lead Pastors. So there will, from time to time, be some degree of conflict among staff. The Bible asks, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1). So how can we, as Christians, deal with conflict?

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Posted by Tim Gocha on 5/9/18 8:31 AM

Prioritizing Tasks That Truly Matter In Your Ministry with Rory Vaden [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 Vanderbloemen, founder and CEO at Vanderbloemen Search Group, talks with Rory Vaden, co-founder of Southwestern Consulting and author of New York Times bestseller, Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. William and Rory discuss how pastors can be more productive with their time and how they can battle emotions of guilt and obligation that come with being in ministry.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 5/8/18 7:07 AM

Who Pastors the Pastor? 5 Ways to Cope with Personal Grief

Grief is a word that pastors know all too well. Pastors have a unique calling to help others cope during times of loss, conflict, and tragedy. Over my 25 years as a pastor, I’ve been called many times to grieve with individuals and families who have lost a loved one, been through a divorce, or experienced a tragedy. Although I became familiar with loss, heartache, and grief while serving others as a pastor, nothing could have prepared me for the challenges I faced due to personal loss.

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/7/18 7:09 AM

5 Ways To Better Engage Church Visitors

Many factors lead people to visit a new church. Perhaps they’ve recently moved to the area; perhaps they are exploring Christianity for the first time; or maybe they’re just in town for the weekend looking for a place to worship.

Churches must engage visitors in meaningful ways regardless of their motivations or how long they attend. The smallest interactions can have a transformational impact and bring a visitor closer to Christ; therefore, it's important to get them right.

Here are five best practices to engage visitors at your church:

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Posted by Rusty Gates on 5/3/18 7:03 AM

10 Ways To Be Better In A Supporter Role

Historically, supporting roles solely answered phones, did payroll, and performed other administrative duties. Today, staff members in supporting roles often play a key role in decision making. They’re not sitting idly by; they are trusted for their thoughts and opinions, and even take on management and project responsibilities.

Supporters are usually steady, reliable, and detail-oriented. According to the Insights Assessment (a tool we use here at Vanderbloemen), supporters often provide "practical support quietly, painstakingly and conscientiously, usually behind the scenes." In short, supporters are critical to a well-balanced team. 

If you are in a supporting role, you likely thrive through organization and system implementation. What are other ways that you can be better at your job? Here are ten ways to be better in a supporter role:

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 5/2/18 7:01 AM

5 Practical Methods to Drive Church Growth with Rich Birch [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, Holly Tate, vice president of marketing at Vanderbloemen Search Group, talks with Rich Birch, founder of the church leadership blog, unSeminary, and author of the book Church Growth Flywheel: 5 Practical Systems to Drive Growth at Your Church. They discuss several strategies to drive your church’s growth and impact more people than ever before.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 5/1/18 8:20 AM

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