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Ben Homesley

Ben Homesley is the Chief Operating Officer at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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4 Ways Churches Can Combat High Costs Of Living For Pastors
Posted by Ben Homesley on 11/13/17 7:00 AM

5 Questions To Address During A Pastoral Transition


The first line of the book NEXT: Pastoral Succesion That Works is, "Every pastor is an interim pastor."

Whether a season of ministry lasts three years or three decades, every church will be faced with the inevitable challenge of replacing its pastor at some point. Some transitions will be positive, and it will be appropriate to surround them with praise and celebration. However, a transition often occurs because a pastor is involved in something that requires them to step away from ministry.

Churches often ask what is the “standard severance package” or the “standard way” they should handle their pastoral transition. Our answer is always the same: there is no standard answer. Every transition will have different aspects that will influence the what the severance package and departing situation looks like.

Here are five issues your church leadership and board should think through when faced with a pastoral transition.

Posted by Ben Homesley on 11/1/17 7:00 AM

10 Things Parents Want To See In Your Children's Ministry

As someone who has worked with many children’s ministries over the years, I felt like I had a good handle on what great children's ministries looked like. However, I will admit that prior to personally fathering children, this self-assessment was a bit overstated.

I can now say with 100% certainty that my expectations changed the day that I put my first child into the children's ministry at our church. After many years of actual experience working with children’s ministries and involving my own kids, I’ve noticed that some church practices have stood out among the rest. Here are some of the biggest takeaways I’ve seen implemented in great children’s ministries.

Posted by Ben Homesley on 8/31/17 7:00 AM

5 Costs Of Having A Vacant Position On Your Church Staff

We say it all the time: “The most costly hire you will ever make is the wrong hire.” However, a very close second is when a church leader waits too long to make a hire or simply doesn't do it at all.

Posted by Ben Homesley on 11/2/16 7:34 AM

4 Easy Ways To Boost Your Church Staff Culture

Your church staff has a team culture whether you know it or not. You can have a positively contagious culture where your team is thriving and propelling your vision forward, or you can have a negatively contagious culture where ministries are siloed and mistrust runs rampant through your staff.

Posted by Ben Homesley on 7/28/16 7:07 AM

The 4 Biggest Challenges Of Being A Pastor-Less Church

Every church will face a day when their Lead Pastor will have to transition out of their role as the primary communicator and visioncaster. It is absolutely inevitable.

Posted by Ben Homesley on 6/9/16 7:22 AM

4 Myths About Hiring Introverts For Your Church Staff

On the Myers-Briggs personality assessment, I'm somewhere in the middle of introverted and extroverted (leaning to introversion). In addition to that, I am married to an extreme introvert and lead a team of introverts, so I consider myself somewhat of an armchair expert on how introverts are wired and how they can be effective. In all seriousness, over the years I have had the blessing of getting to know and hiring many introverts who have become some of the most dependable and influential people in my life from a leadership, creative, and spiritual standpoint.

Posted by Ben Homesley on 2/22/16 3:48 PM

Should You Offer Bonuses To Your Church Staff?

The idea of performance-based bonuses is nothing new in the corporate world; it’s been driving industry for many decades. From sales to operations, there are a number of ways to tie an individual’s pay back to their performance, incentivizing them to continue to work hard toward achieving organizational goals. So how does this translate to the church world?

Posted by Ben Homesley on 2/15/16 6:58 AM

Church Planting Tools: How To Build An Effective HR Strategy

Posted by Ben Homesley on 3/3/14 3:29 PM

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