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5 Tensions To Look For In Your Next Interview
Posted by David Whiting on 10/31/18 7:03 AM

7 Communication Practices That Will Improve Your Staff Culture

Everyone wants to work at an organization with a great culture. Every leader wants a staff with high morale and a positive culture but often isn’t sure how to create one. Plus, there is often so much work to do that focusing on developing a strong staff culture can feel overwhelming and be pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.

However, culture is important and it might not require as much work as you think it does. The key is intentionality, especially when it comes to staff communication.

Here are seven communication practices that will significantly improve your staff culture.

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Posted by David Whiting on 4/23/18 7:08 AM

The Ultimate Giving Guide To Staff Raises

Every employee loves to receive a raise. Every boss loves to give a raise to a well-deserving employee. But how do you decide if you should give raises? And how do you decide who should and shouldn’t get a raise? How do you decide how much of a raise to give?

In this guide, you're going to learn a) if you should give raises to your staff this year and b) how much of a raise you should give.

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Posted by David Whiting on 11/27/17 8:37 AM

The #1 Habit That Pastors Need To Break

When I was a young pastor first starting out in ministry, I was in a good church with stagnant attendance. We weren’t growing; we weren’t declining. For years, despite some minor ups and downs, our weekly average was fairly stable.  However, a couple of churches across town were growing dramatically.

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Posted by David Whiting on 10/19/17 7:01 AM

Are You Ready To Become A Lead Pastor?

You’ve been a youth pastor, small groups pastor, children’s pastor, or an executive pastor for years, and you're now wondering if maybe you should begin to lead a church – as the senior pastor. So, how do you know if it is time for you to begin to look to become a lead pastor?

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Posted by David Whiting on 7/10/17 7:01 AM

How Pastors Can Keep Their Easter Sermons Fresh

As a pastor, I often said that “Sunday comes every seven days with ridiculous regularity, and you can’t slow it down no matter how hard you try.” When you preach week after week after week, that pressure can build as you attempt to teach the Bible in a transformational way. Sunday comes once a week - it's an obvious reality, but it can be a stressful reality for those writing sermons week in and week out.

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Posted by David Whiting on 2/22/17 7:23 AM

10 Questions to Ask Before You Change the Name of Your Church

 

Years ago when I was a Lead Pastor, we changed the name of our church. We had been North Baptist Church and we changed the name to Northridge Church. Going through that process was not easy in a 125-year-old church. But I was convinced that our name was serving more as a wall than a bridge. So, striving to do everything we could to win as many for Christ as possible, we went through the difficult, time-consuming, and expensive process of changing the name of our church.

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Posted by David Whiting on 2/20/17 7:42 AM

How Lead Pastors Can Improve Their Teaching Team

Lead Pastors, you want the quality of your teaching team to be as excellent as possible. Likely, you are the Senior Pastor because you have the strongest teaching gift on your team. However, to continue to be the best communicator you can be and to keep good stewardship of life with a proper work/life balance (one of our nine core values here at Vanderbloemen), you need regular breaks.

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Posted by David Whiting on 2/8/17 7:13 AM

Why Churches Shouldn't Go Overboard At Christmas

I want to provide a bit of a contrarian thought when it comes to Christmas and Easter programming at your church. Most churches do their biggest services on Christmas Sunday and Easter Sunday, and that’s good and expected. But sometimes I wonder if we overdo it. Let me explain.

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Posted by David Whiting on 11/17/16 7:14 AM

Why Pastors Shouldn’t Preach More Than 40 Weekends A Year

If you're a Lead Pastor, chances are you want the quality of your church's teaching to be as excellent as possible. Likely, you are the Senior Pastor because you have a strong teaching gift, or the strongest teaching gift on your teaching team. However, I believe that if you are preaching more than 40 times a year, your effectiveness may become hindered.

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Posted by David Whiting on 10/20/16 6:49 AM

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