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Jay Mitchell

Jay Mitchell is a Senior Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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4 Questions Great Leaders Ask Themselves
Posted by Jay Mitchell on 1/18/18 7:00 AM

How To Make Your Meetings More Effective

A question I like to ask during an interview is, “What is your least favorite aspect of your current role?” Often, the answer is “meetings!”

In the worst cases, meetings are considered a waste of time that prevent meaningful work from getting done. At best, they are considered a necessary evil during the work week.  However, collaboration and teamwork cannot be developed in isolation or with a lack of communication.

How can you begin to make your meetings an aspect of work that your team looks forward to rather than dreads?

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 11/16/17 7:00 AM

How To Develop A Compelling Vision For Your Organization

In our work as Search Consultants, we spend a lot of time with churches and faith-based organizations learning about their mission, vision, values and organizational culture. 

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 9/7/17 7:00 AM

How To Lead Your Team To Fulfill A Vision

In our work as Search Consultants, we spend a lot of time with churches and faith-based organizations learning about their mission, vision, values and organizational culture.

While most organizations have a fairly clear vision statement, I have noticed that sometimes the vision statement has very little impact on how the organization functions. There are a lot of reasons for this. Ministry is relentless; Sunday comes every week. Christmas, Easter, and the Fall launches new programs every year. Many organizations have a de facto vision to simply make it through the season avoiding a significant mistake. This is understandable but not sustainable. To push your team towards your long-term vision, you need to have a better plan in place.

Click here to register for our upcoming free webinar: How To Staff Your Church To Fulfill A Vision

So how can you begin leading your team around a compelling vision? ...More
Posted by Jay Mitchell on 6/5/17 7:01 AM

6 Ways For Pastors To Get Out Of A Sermon-Prep Rut

It was a Friday night at 10pm, and I was in my office working on the sermon I was to deliver five times that weekend - the first of which was going to take place in less than 24 hours. My friend and Senior Pastor was driving by the church, saw my light on, and stopped by to see how I was doing. “I’ve got nothing!" I said, "This will be the worst message ever preached from this pulpit!” He laughed, but stopped when he realized I wasn’t kidding.

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 3/1/17 7:24 AM

6 Steps To Having A Tough Conversation With A Church Staff Member

One of the questions I will regularly ask candidates during an interview is this: Describe a time when you had to have a difficult conversation with someone on your team. What was the issue? How did you address it? What happened as a result?

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 2/13/17 7:18 AM

4 Unspoken Questions Your Church Staff Is Asking You

Staff culture is on everyone’s radar these days because it is often the difference between a good team and a truly great one. Smart church leaders are now paying more attention to their team culture. A great way to measure your staff culture is to tune into to the unspoken rules and questions of your team.

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 10/12/16 6:58 AM

5 Things I Wish I'd Done Differently As A Pastor

I have talked with and interviewed hundreds of Pastors. I've heard their stories, learned about the challenges they have faced, and tried to understand what has made them either effective or ineffective in ministry over time. And listening to their stories has caused me to reflect on own my time in ministry as a Pastor.

As I’ve reflected, I’ve learned a few things about how I wished I’d done things differently when I was a Pastor.

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 8/24/16 7:22 AM

6 Ways To Inspire Loyalty On Your Church Staff

As we talk with churches and organizations about the qualities they are looking for in the new staff members, somewhere near the top of every list is “loyalty.” They want someone who is bought into the vision, who is not looking for a stepping-stone to another job, who wants to stay for a long time, and who will value and respect the leadership of the church. 

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 7/18/16 8:04 AM

6 Mistakes Search Committees Make When Looking For A Senior Pastor

We are often asked to help churches and pastor search committees find a Senior Pastor after a hire that turned out badly or when they are struggling to identify good candidates on their own. As our team dug into the what went wrong with the previous hire or why they’ve not been able to agree on what appeared to be highly qualified candidates, we've seen a few common threads among their missteps.

Pastor search committees, watch out for these six hiring mistakes when search for your next Senior Pastor.

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 6/13/16 6:52 AM

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