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Katie Bivens

Katie Bivens is a Client Success Associate at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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3 Tips For Multigenerational Church Staffs To Work Together Efficiently
Posted by Katie Bivens on 10/5/17 7:01 AM

What To Consider Before Saying "Yes" To A Job Offer

There is probably nothing more exciting to a job seeker than getting “the call.” You know the call I’m talking about: the call from the company you've been tirelessly applying to, interviewing for, and obsessing over for the last several weeks, and maybe even months. This is the long-awaited call where you’re offered a job!

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new offer, especially if the job has been in your sights for a while. Before you accept it, ensure this is the right next step for you by doing your research and spending time in reflection. Consider these four things (if you haven’t already).

Posted by Katie Bivens on 7/31/17 7:00 AM

6 Traits Employers Look For In Church Job Seekers

At Vanderbloemen, we work with churches of many different sizes, denominations, and staff hiring needs. While each church is unique and looking for something specific in their next hire, we do see a handful of common traits that employers are looking for in every candidate that applies. 

Posted by Katie Bivens on 6/29/17 7:00 AM

4 Simple Ways To Grow Your Student Ministry

Student ministry is one of the most important - and one of the most unique - ministries of any church. Keeping the focus and attention of a slew of 12-18 year olds while also teaching them about the Gospel and building relationships is quite the task. How do you do all of these things while also reaching more and more students for Jesus?

Posted by Katie Bivens on 4/17/17 7:56 AM

5 Ways to Ensure New Hires Assimilate Well

You did it! You finally found the right person for your church's vacant position. The days, weeks, and months of resume reviewing and interviews have paid off. However, as important as making the actual hire is, something that is even more crucial is making sure the hire sticks. In addition to a stellar onboarding process, here are a handful of tips to make sure your new hire assimilates onto your team well.

Posted by Katie Bivens on 4/10/17 7:47 AM

3 Best Practices For Your Church Job Search

The church job search process is a sacred space. It is a time of reflection, patience, and trust as we wait to discover and discern where God is calling us next. Throwing yourself into the job market as a ministry candidate can certainly bring up feelings of vulnerability and uncertainty.

Posted by Katie Bivens on 12/2/16 7:21 AM

How Personal Branding Can Help You In Your Church Job Search

Recently, I was in conversation with one of my colleagues about the importance of personal branding. He looked at me with a quizzical expression on his face as I described it. This stopped me in my tracks.

Posted by Katie Bivens on 9/30/16 7:16 AM

3 Questions To Ask Before Launching A New Church Program Or Ministry

Witnessing a growth in membership numbers is probably one of the most exciting things a church leader can witness over the course of their career. Having a role in the building of the Kingdom – what could be better?

Posted by Katie Bivens on 5/30/16 7:04 AM

5 Ways To Help Your New Church Staff Hires Transition Well

I recently uprooted my life and moved 12 hours from Alabama to Houston, TX to join the team at Vanderbloemen Search Group. With it being such a big move, you might wonder if I found myself constantly questioning if I was making a mistake. However, I can confidently say that I did not. I never felt like I was making a bad decision. Why? Because my company did an amazing job of preparing for me and making me feel taken care of and welcome.

Posted by Katie Bivens on 4/21/16 7:59 AM

10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Searching For A New Church Job

Looking for a new church job can be an exciting time in a job seeker’s life. Unfortunately, it can also be a little difficult as you determine where to transition next. While it can be easy to get caught up in daydreaming about where you’ll land in this next season of ministry, it is vitally important to understand why you’re looking for a new church job.

Posted by Katie Bivens on 1/27/16 6:47 AM

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