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Jamie Byrd

Jamie Broach Byrd is an Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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Building A Better Staff Culture In The New Year
Posted by Jamie Byrd on 1/11/18 7:00 AM

5 Ways To Show Gratitude For Your Volunteers This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the blessings God has given us and to show our genuine gratitude for those blessings by giving thanks. Perhaps one of the more important blessings a church can have is its volunteers. After all, what church would be successful in reaching others for Christ were it not for its army of key volunteers and lay people?

Thanksgiving season is a great time to show your appreciation to volunteers, and you don’t have to break the church bank to do it. Here are five simple, but heartfelt, ways to show your gratitude for volunteers and lay leaders in your church.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 11/23/17 7:00 AM

The Do’s And Don’ts Of An Onsite Interview

Interviewing for a new ministry position is exciting, but it can also be a nerve-wracking and stressful situation for some, especially those final onsite interviews at a church. Meeting new people, having to answer the same questions multiple times, and trying to be “on” around everyone you encounter during the process can be draining to say the least. 

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 8/23/17 7:00 AM

3 Reminders For Pastors Planning Mother's Day Sunday

Mother’s Day is fast approaching. While I will celebrate both my own mother and being a mother myself, I also know this holiday can be complicated for some. I know this from my own journey with motherhood and from the countless stories of others. If your church is currently planning how to celebrate Mother’s Day or whether to celebrate it in worship at all, I encourage you to consider and acknowledge these three things in your services.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 5/4/17 7:52 AM

3 Interview Questions Pastors Must Be Prepared To Answer

In my role at Vanderbloemen Search Group, I get the amazing opportunity to talk daily with pastors seeking their next ministry opportunity. Often, what separates good candidates from the great ones is a candidate’s ability to give thoughtful responses to the questions asked of them. A person who is able to answer questions succinctly and articulately comes across as being prepared and having a high interest in the position.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 12/1/16 7:14 AM

6 Things To Evaluate When Applying For Church Jobs

Are you applying for a church job? Have you been out of the job market for while, or is this your first job search? Here are 6 things you should consider about yourself and your church staff experience before applying for a church job.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 9/7/16 7:00 AM

12 Inexpensive Gift Ideas For Your Church’s Volunteers

Volunteers play such an integral part of every church. The truth is, most churches wouldn’t be able to survive without them. They perform a myriad of roles and allow a church to operate at a lower cost than it otherwise would. Showing appreciation for your volunteers not only makes sense, it’s imperative to keeping well trained and helpful volunteers happily involved in your church’s ministry.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 7/21/16 8:03 AM

3 Advantages Of Moving From The Corporate World To A Church Staff

I worked at a large international law firm in my previous career, and I cannot imagine two environments so opposite one another as a law firm and a church staff. While there were many things I enjoyed about being a lawyer, if I am being honest with myself, there were probably even more things I did not enjoy.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 7/11/16 7:32 AM

5 Surprises About Transitioning To A Church Staff From The Corporate World

Leaving your job in the corporate realm to pursue a calling to ministry can be a very exciting and fulfilling time. However, while working in a church is rewarding, you’d be surprised to know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the proverbial fence.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 7/6/16 7:14 AM

What The New Overtime Regulations Mean For Your Church Staff

Big news came out of the Department of Labor last week as it made its final announcement regarding the salary threshold for exempting white-collar salaried workers subject to the duties test from overtime pay. The new rule more than doubles the salary threshold from $23,660.00 to $47,476.00 annually, and it is scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 5/23/16 8:58 AM

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