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Nicole Cochran

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What Is The Advantage of Outsourcing?
Posted by Nicole Cochran on 6/7/18 7:03 AM

10 Ways To Be Better In A Supporter Role

Historically, supporting roles solely answered phones, did payroll, and performed other administrative duties. Today, staff members in supporting roles often play a key role in decision making. They’re not sitting idly by; they are trusted for their thoughts and opinions, and even take on management and project responsibilities.

Supporters are usually steady, reliable, and detail-oriented. According to the Insights Assessment (a tool we use here at Vanderbloemen), supporters often provide "practical support quietly, painstakingly and conscientiously, usually behind the scenes." In short, supporters are critical to a well-balanced team. 

If you are in a supporting role, you likely thrive through organization and system implementation. What are other ways that you can be better at your job? Here are ten ways to be better in a supporter role:

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 5/2/18 7:01 AM

5 Ways To Equip Your Volunteers This Weekend

Churches often approach managing volunteers in two different ways. Sometimes churches are so systematized that they allow no room for creativity and agility on their volunteer teams. Other churches like for volunteers to come up with their own systems and structure for the ministry.

High capacity volunteers often like structure because it lets them know what’s expected within the ministry and lowers the barrier to entry. Most volunteers work full time jobs and don’t necessarily have or want the capacity to come up with curriculum, guidelines, or lists.

As someone who has been a volunteer in various church ministry activities, I know both approaches offer various pros and cons. Regardless of where your church is on that spectrum, there are certain resources that every volunteer should be knowledgeable about.  

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 2/14/18 7:00 AM

How To Positively Influence Your Staff Culture

Making an impact on culture can seem like a daunting task, especially when you are not a leader or in a place of authority. However, taking small steps to influence your work culture can be lead to an incredibly big impact in the long run. So how can you make a difference when you’re not in charge?

Start by asking yourself the five questions below.

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 12/11/17 8:29 AM

3 Factors That Keep Millennials Coming Back To Church

You’ve probably heard the statistics about Millennials in the church: 59% of those who have attended church in the past have dropped out at some point, and more and more “regular attenders” identify themselves as those who attend every four to six weeks, rather than the old measure of three times a month.

And yet I am a Millennial who, through some personal battles and my fair share of absent Sundays, found a church that I love and call home. So what did my church do right?

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 8/16/17 7:00 AM

4 Ideas About Introverts To Keep In Mind On Your Church Staff

I am a loud and proud introvert (okay, not really loud per se). Recently I read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, and if I were actually loud, I would shout about this book from the rooftops.

In my opinion, everyone should read this book, introverts and extroverts alike. It goes through many studies and theories examining and discussing introversion at its core, laying out ideas on how to tell from an early age whether a child is an introvert or extrovert, as well as the way culture can shape this trait.

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 8/2/17 7:00 AM

5 Steps To Implement New Systems For Your Team

One of our core values here at Vanderbloemen is constant improvement. We try to bring this into every aspect of our work, always looking for new ideas, new technology, and new systems that can help us serve our churches better.

There are churches on both ends of the system spectrum. Some churches are fast moving and make changes too quickly that the systems and processes aren't in place to support the new changes. Important details fall through the cracks and leave people scrambling and stressed out to fill in the gaps.

Other churches are afraid to make changes because they've been doing things the same way for many years, so they don't reach their full potential as a ministry because of their fear of change. Whatever your church’s vision, mission, or ministry looks like, there is always room to improve and make your processes and systems better.

Here are five steps to take to help implement a new system on your team:

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 7/19/17 7:00 AM

How To Handle Church Staff Layoffs

No matter how you put it, layoffs are hard. Whether you work for a church or in the corporate world, facing termination is met with difficult conversations, heightened emotions, and an incredible opportunity for grace to triumph. So if your church is in the middle of budget cutting and eliminating positions looks inevitable, how do you handle it?

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 5/22/17 7:03 AM

How To Eliminate Gossip On Your Church Staff

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 5/8/17 7:24 AM

9 Characteristics To Look For In Administrative Hires


Posted by Nicole Cochran on 4/13/17 7:11 AM

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