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Brian Dunks

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How To Handle An Ineffective Church Staff Member
Posted by Brian Dunks on 5/11/17 7:18 AM

4 Priorities Every Church Leader Must Set

The urgent will always outshout the important if we let it. When I was a pastor, I discovered that the "urgent" items on my list would fight, claw, and scream for my constant attention. But the tragedy is while we’re putting out the fires of the urgent, what is truly important is often left in a holding pattern. The important is neither noisy or demanding, it patiently and quietly waits for us to realize its significance. 

Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/13/17 7:15 AM

5 Ways Church Leaders Can Spot High-Capacity Candidates

Every day, I get to help church leaders in the process of church staffing. And consistently, these leaders want to hire what we call "high-capacity" team members. Dictionary.com defines capacity as “the ability to receive or contain; the power of receiving impressions or knowledge; mental ability; actual ability to perform, yield, or withstand.” Capacity includes natural gifts and abilities, particular skill sets, measured experiences, and passions that rally around a job description and give the candidate every opportunity to succeed.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/8/17 7:41 AM

6 Resolutions Pastors Should Make For the New Year

New Year's resolutions are made (and broken) by many. Damian Lewis once said, “People need revelation, and then they need resolution.” Church leaders, now is a great time to pray that God will reveal to us what He wants for us in the New Year, and then we make our resolutions based on that.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 12/29/16 7:32 AM

The 5 Obstacles Of Collaborative Hiring

As I wrote in my previous blog post about the benefits of collaborative hiring, I’m a big advocate of team-based hiring. For many reasons, I think it can be really smart to involve several people and viewpoints in any church staffing decision.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 10/13/16 7:51 AM

Why Church Leaders Should Be Originators

As an Executive Search Consultant for the Vanderbloemen Search Group, I’m a frequent flyer - constantly traveling to visit with church leaders about their church staff member searches. While I occasionally fly mid-morning or mid-afternoon, there is a serious advantage to getting up early and flying on what the airline industry calls an “originator.” It’s the plane that parked at the gate overnight and is scheduled first out in the morning.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 8/12/16 8:02 AM

The 5 Benefits Of Collaborative Hiring

Hiring a church staff member is done differently in almost every church. If you’ve seen one church, you’ve seen one church! The hiring process in a church has much to do with history, structure, and even setting. Church hiring models include top-down decision-making to a congregational vote to everything in between. As a Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group, I get the opportunity to see all of these models firsthand.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 8/10/16 8:02 AM

How To Successfully Join A New Church Staff

If you’ve been hired for a new ministry position, you will undoubtedly experience many transitional challenges. This is especially the case if you are making what is called a “lateral move,” where you are hired to do things you’ve been effective doing elsewhere. The difficulty lies in adjusting to the new context of of a new church staff.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 7/4/16 7:39 AM

3 Reasons Why You Haven't Heard From The Search Committee

Scenario: You’re a church job candidate that’s been through a phone screen. The search committee has flown you and your family out to the church for a weekend on-site visit. You’ve taken a tour of the campus, had meals with church staff and key lay leaders, and sat through multiple interview sessions. It’s even possible that you’ve preached a sermon, taught a large group or led worship. You left feeling confident that things went well and that you are a great fit for the church. Then: silence. The committee gets really quiet for a prolonged amount of time.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/23/16 7:04 AM

4 Good Habits Of Effective Church Leaders

Few people truly understand the demands of ministry. Essentially, success or failure as a church leader materializes from the accumulation of daily choices that can either drive you in a dynamic direction or push you into a wall.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/21/16 7:37 AM

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