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Brian Dunks

Brian Dunks is an Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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4 Steps To Regain Your Vision For Ministry
Posted by Brian Dunks on 2/5/18 7:00 AM

4 Leadership Mistakes That Are Driving Away Your Staff Members

Church staff members will leave their positions for many personal reasons. Maybe they're moving closer to aging parents, following their spouse's job change, choosing to stay at home with their children, or going back to school to continue their education. But the majority of reasons why ministry staff leave their jobs are under the control of the church and the lead staff. In fact, any element of your current workplace (your culture, environment, expectations, perceptions and growth opportunities) could be a factor that affects staff and their longevity in your church ministry.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 10/26/17 7:00 AM

How To Transition From Church Staff Member To Lead Pastor

You’ve been serving on staff for years and you thought all along the vacant Senior Pastor position would go to an outside candidate, but the Board of Elders recognized in you the ability to pastor, preach and lead. You sensed the call and the church family agreed.  What do you do now?  You find yourself in the lead role over the church where you have served on staff for years.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 8/30/17 7:00 AM

6 Tips To Being An Effective Reference For A Candidate

One of the key elements in the hiring process is reference -checking. The reference check is designed to give a 360-degree view of the candidate.

As our Background Specialist, Gail Mayes, has written on our blog before, "A misconception about conducting church background checks is that they are intended to 'dig up dirt' on a potential hire. This is not the case. The process of conducting church background checks are intended for you to get to know your potential new team member better and gain clarity on whether they would be a good fit for your team or not."

If you find yourself listed as a reference as a former or current employer, supervisor, or manager, there are some steps you can take to be prepared.

If you're a hiring manager who conducts background checks regularly, download our guide to effective ministry reference checks.

Here are 6 helpful tips to help you maneuver the upcoming reference call:

Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/22/17 7:04 AM

6 Ways To Prepare For A Pastoral Transition

It’s inevitable. All pastors will move on at some point. Whether it’s retirement, going to another church, or an unexpected passing away, no one stays at the same place forever. Most pastors love their flock and understand that their calling to shepherd is a weighty responsibility. However, pastors often don’t think the process of pastoral succession is their job.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/14/17 7:00 AM

How To Handle An Ineffective Church Staff Member

One of the greatest joys in ministry is working with a great staff. But if there are challenging staff situations, it can also be one of the biggest frustrations in church leadership. Why do church leaders tend to hold on to people who are ineffective or even harmful to the church? What does it do to the team and mission? What should we need to do about it?

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

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