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Danny Watterson

Danny Watterson is an Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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Why Emotional Intelligence Is The Best Indicator Of A Successful Hire
Posted by Danny Watterson on 6/6/18 7:49 AM

3 Important Reminders For Evaluating A Job Candidate

As we partner with churches and organizations to help them build their best teams, we often hear similar criteria for potential candidates. The inevitable questions that many churches ask are: How big of an environment did this candidate work in previously?  In our search for quality candidates, is it possible that we’re asking the wrong question? Does the size and scope of a previous ministry matter to this hire?

While scope of work is important, it shouldn’t tell the whole story of a candidate. Instead, the question should be: What is his/her leadership capacity? We’ve seen candidates from smaller churches who could easily handle a much larger scope of work, as well as candidates from larger organizations and aren’t equipped for broader responsibility.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 3/21/18 7:00 AM

3 Reminders To Get You Through A Difficult Season Of Ministry

Have you ever watched a large-scale triathlon up close?  It’s pretty remarkable.  All the organization and teamwork that takes place to pull an event like that off is impressive. I’m fortunate enough to live in a city that hosts a full distance Ironman, which is 140.6 grueling miles.

Every year, my family and I make it a point to cheer on those that have committed to crossing the finish line. Most of these athletes have been training for well over a year to get to that point. They’ve likely juggled family and career responsibilities and battled through injuries and long, difficult rides or runs. Hours upon hours of pushing themselves to stay the course. I can’t help but be reminded of Philippians 3 where Paul says, Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

There are so many parallels to our journey in ministry. As I meet with candidates from across the country and hear some of their trials and struggles, I can’t help but encourage them with some of these tips. If you’re struggling with jumping out of your role or out of ministry altogether, perhaps these reminders will help you stay the course.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 11/6/17 7:00 AM

How To Get More Traction From Sunday’s Message

Ever wonder how many “gigabytes” your brain could store if it were a computer? Scientists estimate that the answer would be equivalent to up to 2.5 million gigabytes of storage! For reference, the biggest hard drive to date is only 10,000 gigabytes. 

However, if you ask someone from your congregation what you spoke on this weekend, chances are, they won’t have the slightest clue.  Now, before you get discouraged and quit the ministry to apply for Chick-fil-A, know that it likely has little to do with you. There could be many reasons why the message you spent days preparing doesn’t make it to Wednesday. Whatever the reason, here are a few creative ways to get more mileage out of your content.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 6/7/17 7:01 AM

How Church Leaders Can Improve Their Stewardship of Life

In ministry, maintaining a healthy balance between work and life can be difficult. Yes, ministry is a 24/7 calling, but we're also called to be good stewards of our family, friends, and mental/physical/emotional/spiritual health. How can church leaders discover and keep healthy work-life rhythms?

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 5/1/17 7:44 AM

7 Commandments For Every Young Student Pastor

 

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 4/20/17 7:47 AM

5 Tips To Help Your New Employee Join Your Church Staff

Congratulations, you’ve hired a candidate! Bringing a fresh face and perspective onto the team is always an exciting phase. Don’t be fooled, however, the next few months will be critical in determining the long-term success of the candidate. Here are a few things you can do as the leader of your new employee to help onboard them smoothly and ensure a happy and productive future. 

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 4/5/17 7:45 AM

How To Recruit, Train, & Keep Great #KidMin Volunteers [Q&A]

 

Success in the world of Children’s Ministry rises and falls on your ability to recruit, train, and keep great volunteers engaged in your program. Every ministry needs volunteers, but there may not be a more crucial need than when dealing with children birth thru 5th grade.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 2/2/17 7:34 AM

5 Keys To A Seamless Ministry Job Transition

You've been hired by a church; now what? Integration onto a new team and into a new city can be daunting. If a ministry transition goes poorly, you’re in for a rough ride that could lead to a negative outcome for you and the church. However, if you take the right steps and navigate your steps with wisdom, it could very well be the start of a beautiful working relationship.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 1/23/17 7:36 AM

How To Overcome Challenges In Your Children’s Ministry [Q&A]

We recently had a wonderful webinar, How To Build & Grow A Stellar Children's Ministry. When we opened up the webinar for Q&A, we had a flood of great #kidmin questions - too many to answer during the webinar.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 11/10/16 7:49 AM

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