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Sarah Hogan

Sarah Newsome is a Search Specialist at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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4 Ways To Fully Utilize Your Volunteers' Strengths
Posted by Sarah Hogan on 11/8/17 7:00 AM

How Your Church Can Help With Disaster Relief In Another City

As a resident of Houston, which was truly ravaged by Hurricane Harvey a little over a week ago, I’ve been inundated with concern from friends from out of town, and questions on how best to help. After spending the last week helping with recovery, hearing about friends’ and family’s experiences with disaster relief organizations, making my own observations, and doing a little research, I’ve gained some new perspective on the most effective ways that you can help if you don’t live in the affected area.

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 9/13/17 7:00 AM

4 Tips For A Better Church Job Search

Even in a vocation like ministry (which is more of a calling than mere employment), the job search can be frustrating, confusing, and exhausting. I’ve not only personally experienced how soul-draining it can be to send out hundreds of resumes, seemingly into the void, but I’ve also encountered many pastors going through the same, sometimes-defeating process. Along the way, I’ve learned a few things that would have made my own job search much easier.

Here are 4 tips to keep you motivated and encouraged in your job search:

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 7/27/17 7:02 AM

4 Ways To Discern If A Pastor's Child Should Be Their Successor

Finding the right person to succeed the founding or the long-term Senior Pastor of your church is always a challenge. When you’ve only known the church with one person at the helm, the thought of entrusting it to someone new can be downright scary.

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 5/10/17 7:38 AM

Why Your Church Should Consider Having A Teaching Team

Even for the most gifted teacher, preaching every Sunday week after week can take its toll. The pressure to create sermon material that will edify, challenge, and/or comfort your congregation 52 times a year can become overwhelming and lead to burnout, both for you and your church. Creating a teaching team is a simple antidote for this problem.

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 3/30/17 7:11 AM

How To Manage Volunteers For Your (& Their) Sanity


You already know that volunteers are the lifeblood of your church’s ministries. You probably also know that managing their schedules and keeping your volunteer rosters full can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help you overcome this common challenge!

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 3/22/17 7:26 AM

9 Email Best Practices For Your Church Staff


Email is such a constant part of our daily lives that you probably don’t even think twice before hitting “send” after typing up a message. While this is fine for casual conversations among friends, email communication in your workplace requires a bit more thought and care.

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 2/6/17 7:10 AM

How to Value The Singles In Your Church & Get Them Plugged In

As humans, we like to categorize things. And not just things; we like to categorize people, too. Church ministries tend to be dictated by the categories that we come up with, and most of the time, it makes perfect sense: Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, and Men’s / Women’s Ministries exist because each of these groups has some needs specific to its own members.

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 1/26/17 7:49 AM

How To Lead A Church Staff As An Introvert

Although the world may make it seem like you have to be an extrovert to be a leader, it’s simply not true. While extroverts may have some natural advantages when it comes to leadership, so do introverts. Those advantages may simply be more subtle and may require a little bit of work to really serve you as a leader.

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 1/16/17 7:25 AM

3 Reasons Your Pastor Needs A Sabbatical

It’s no secret that rest is important. You know how you feel when you haven’t slept well or when you push yourself too far physically - unfocused, uninspired, and probably not very fun to be around. Parents set bedtimes for their children because they know how important it is for development. We have weekends to take a break from work and be better employees Monday through Friday. Even the earth itself has a rhythm of work and rest. Everyone has a favorite season, but we all understand the importance of each one of them. As Ecclesiastes 3 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 10/5/16 7:41 AM

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