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Jennifer Winge

Jennifer Winge is an Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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3 Steps To Help People At Your Church Become Connected And Known
Posted by Jennifer Winge on 10/24/18 7:04 AM

The Biggest Challenge With Salaries In Growing Churches – And How To Address It

Church growth equates to Kingdom growth, and that growth should always be celebrated. Inevitably, however, organizations that grow must confront challenges with growing pains: the way things have been done in the past simply will not scale and need to be changed. 

One of these areas is staffing. A growing church often needs to add additional staff roles to effectively serve more people. However, this opens a Pandora’s box of staff salaries. Any Executive or Senior Pastor might lose sleep over the fact that the new Student Pastor hire will be making more than their supervisor, who hasn't yet received a raise. Here are five helpful ideas to think through when your staff salaries are lagging behind your attendance and financial growth.  

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 10/3/18 7:05 AM

4 Ways To Cultivate A "Lightbulb" Culture Of Great Ideas

I loved the animated movie Despicable Me. In the film, supervillian Felonious Gru has moments of clarity in which he concocts ideas for evil schemes, emphatically stating, “Lightbulb!”

As a leader, I love seeing a staff member and/or volunteer have a “lightbulb moment” – a moment of clarity that provides a solution to a problem or inspiration for a new project or idea. "Lightbulb moments" create a feeling of ingenuity, ownership and empowerment. How do we, as leaders, create a culture that encourages these "lightbulb moments?"

Here are four tips for cultivating a culture of great ideas.

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 8/27/18 7:04 AM

How To Minister In The Midst of Hardship

When I woke up at 2:45 a.m. to find water pouring through my ceiling and an inch deep sheet of water covering most of our first floor due to a broken hot water heater in the attic, I thought to myself, “Bad stuff just happens sometimes.”

It wasn't a profound thought but, for some reason, it was a powerful reminder for me. Hardship often takes us by surprise. Part of ministry is walking through the “bad stuff” with people. In the big picture, my hot water heater issue was not a tragedy; however, it was a reminder that on this side of eternity we live in a fallen, unpredictable world where hurt and heartache are inevitable.

As church leaders, ministry leaders, and Christians, we are called to minister to others when they are dealing with pain and suffering. Some people naturally know what to do when tragedy strikes; others care deeply, but are at a loss at how to minister in the midst of that hurt.

Over the years, I have had the privilege to watch and learn from others who have gracefully and lovingly tended to others who have been hurt. Here are four considerations to help you take care of those close to you when faced with tragedy or hardship.

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 5/31/18 7:12 AM

Is It Time To Hire A Technical Director?

Ten years ago, it would be uncommon to find the technical director position on most church organizational charts. Since that time, technology has been woven into nearly every aspect of our everyday lives, including the church. In our work at Vanderbloemen, we often hear concerns of clients about the technology aspect of weekend worship services. We usually get the same three questions that center around the idea of hiring a technical director.

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 3/15/18 7:00 AM

How To Deal With An Unexpected Staff Transition

Staff transition is inevitable in any business or organization, and the church is no exception. There are many reasons for a staff transition (some are rather painful and unpleasant) but what about when a rock star staff member is called to a new position and resigns from your church?  Whether or not you saw it coming, transition can be scary and unsettling. As a church leader, you are called to navigate this transition in a way that honors the staff member, your team, and the church.  

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 1/10/18 7:00 AM

4 Keys To Healthy Team Collaboration

One of the questions I ask in every interview I do is: “Can you tell me about your leadership style?” By far, the most common word I get in response is collaborative. Collaboration is a trendy new phrase in team leadership today. It sounds like an easy enough task with clear benefits, but implementation can vary in difficulty based on the team. 

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 9/18/17 7:00 AM

6 Ways To Gracefully Realign Your Church Staff Team

Many organizations undergo seasons where staff realignment is necessary for growth. A church is no different. This need often stems from clear stagnation or a sudden vacancy on staff.

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 8/7/17 7:00 AM

3 Ways For Church Leaders To Maximize The Waiting Period

Growing up, we often played a game called Red Light - Green Light. I called it the Waiting Game. Essentially, the first person to reach the finish line won. When the caller said “green light, everyone would run as quickly forward as possible, but when they yelled red light,” everyone would have to stop in their tracks.

We would be eliminated from the game if we moved forward while “red light” was called, so usually we would be on the tips of our toes falling forward in anticipation of the ability to move forward. So often we are in that same position in our ministry journey: we must wait until we get the green light, which can be utterly frustrating. So how do we wait well?

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 7/5/17 7:01 AM

3 Keys For A Flourishing Kids' Ministry


What is the secret sauce to a flourishing Kids’ Ministry? It is the question all Children's Ministry leaders ask. In our quest to find the answer, we attend Children’s Ministry Conferences, read #KidMin blogs and books, and listen to podcasts. It is a ministry that has to balance safety, fun, and Biblical truths all in an engaging and age-appropriate environment. There are so many questions to be answered. Should we provide a specific ministry for differently-abled children? How often should we ask people to volunteer? What is the best curriculum? What should our volunteer-to-child ratio be? How should we separate age groups? Snacks or no snacks?

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 3/16/17 7:33 AM

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