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Brian Dunks

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

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4 Compelling Reasons To Share With Your Congregation About Serving In Children's Ministry
Posted by Brian Dunks on 8/20/18 7:27 AM

Stay On The Right Path By Casting Your Vision

Vision is not a far-fetched, unattainable fantasy, but rather a realistic picture of what you want and need your organization to become. It is a reflection of your values and the core reasons your ministry exists. Here are four keys to casting a vision for your team.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 7/12/18 7:08 AM

How To Determine If A Staff Member Is A Poor Fit

Throughout my twenty-two years in pastoral ministry, I had the difficult experience of releasing staff members from my team for one reason or another. Before I made the decision and navigated the rough waters of transition that come with letting someone go, I had to make sure I was being fair and responsible.

In some instances, I realized that the problem rested squarely on my shoulders and not with the staff member I had deemed to be a bad fit. Basically, almost every staff challenge can be distilled down to one of the three C’s. Here are three key areas on which to reflect before releasing a staff member:

Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/21/18 7:21 AM

5 Ways To Effectively Protect Your Integrity

Over the past year, the news has been filled with stories of people who have lost their reputations and the respect of others due to allegations of harassment, misconduct, or moral failure. We're human, which means we are all going to make mistakes. But what are some practical steps we can take to maintain our integrity as we lead ourselves and our teams?

Posted by Brian Dunks on 5/21/18 7:43 AM

6 Strategies To Find And Maintain Balance In Ministry

Church leaders often feel the tension of loving the church, desiring to serve faithfully, and balancing their responsibilities with family and the other demands of life. Maintaining a balanced life can be a constant struggle. Even the most successful pastors have battled in the arena of busyness and succumb to a sense of guilt that no matter how much they do it is never enough.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/12/18 7:00 AM

4 Steps To Regain Your Vision For Ministry

No matter the size of your church or organization, it is essential to have a clear vision for what you do. Often it is not lack of personnel, resources, or ideas that hold a church back from achieving its full potential; it is the absence of vision. Vision is the long-term ambition that drives a church ministry forward. This includes what the church is about and why that is significant. Vision is a guiding light that keeps churches focused, allowing them to make the most of their opportunities and avoid the distractions that lie around.

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

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