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Sarah Robins

Sarah Robins is the Director of Client Relations at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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How To Properly Interview An Internal Candidate
Posted by Sarah Robins on 4/2/18 7:00 AM

3 Ways To Keep Your Youth Pastor Longer

It’s no surprise that the youth pastor position has one of the highest turnover rates on a church staff. The role is increasingly becoming harder to fill and it’s extremely rare to find a youth pastor who desires to stay in his or her position for life.

However, not all hope is not lost for your student ministry! These 3 ideas for church leaders will help them retain their quality youth pastors for the long haul.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 3/1/18 7:00 AM

How To Boost Your Productivity In 2018

I love the feeling of beginning a new year. Though I’m not the best at keeping resolutions, I do always try to make a few reasonable goals to aim for each new year. In 2018, one of these goals is boosting my productivity. I don’t want to do more; I want to be more focused in what I do. This requires shifting how I’m productive. 

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 12/18/17 7:00 AM

9 Overlooked Costs Of A Bad Hire

Making a bad hire is expensive. In our work with churches and ministries, we’ve found that many organizations don’t realize the real costs that are involved in hiring the wrong person. Yes, you will spend money on a few job postings and travel in the hiring process, but the costs go well beyond that. 

Below are nine common costs that churches often overlook in the hectic season of finding a new staff member.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 11/2/17 7:00 AM

3 Myths To Dispel About Successful Leaders

As a child I was often referred to as “bossy” by my peers and siblings. When I became a teenager, the language softened to “you have leadership qualities.” So naturally, as I started my career, that brought me to the assumption that I was a great leader and people should just let me oversee things. (We all know this isn’t a solid line of thinking and partly attributed to my millennial generational upbringing.)

This is one of the big myths of leadership, especially as a young leader. The past few years have brought to light a few myths and how they can impede my growth and the growth of those around me. 

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 8/17/17 7:01 AM

What To Consider When Using Job Boards

When companies like Monster and Career Builder came onto the scene twenty years ago, hiring managers everywhere rejoiced at the idea of instant access to more candidates, and candidates everywhere rejoiced at the idea of instant access to more jobs. Most of the world thought this innovation would change hiring forever. Fast forward a few decades, and popularity of these job boards is still strong, but hiring hasn’t gotten any easier. Having a larger pool of candidates doesn’t change the fact that you still need to process them thoroughly to make the right hire for your team. 

Job boards aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of using them. Here are 4 things to consider:

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 6/15/17 7:01 AM

5 Considerations All Pastors Need To Think Through NOW

They say there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. But if you’re in church leadership, we like to say there’s a third: sooner or later, your church will face the reality of succession. Pastors, unless you’re going to live forever or Jesus comes to get us soon, you will at some point step down from this role and need a successor.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 4/27/17 7:16 AM

Why Not To Hire A Search Firm

A search firm is not the right solution for every search or even every church. Bringing in outside help to fill critical church staffing roles is a serious, intentional choice. We have a unique process tailored to each church’s needs, but at times a church may not be ready or in a position to jump into that process with us.

Here are three reasons you may not want to hire a pastor search firm just yet.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 4/6/17 7:36 AM

What To Do If Your Candidate Gets A Bad Reference

You’ve found a great candidate for your church staff. Your team loves them, your church loves them, and you can’t wait to bring them on board. You do your due diligence and perform reference checks. But what do you do when one of the reference checks has negative things to say about the candidate? It’s always surprising and never something you should sweep under the rug. You have to address it, but where do you start? 

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 3/23/17 7:46 AM

5 Signs Of A High-Trust Team

Here at Vanderbloemen, we work with a lot of teams. Not just our own team, but the church staffs and/or search teams of all our clients. Many of our consultants can walk into a room and quickly identify a healthy or unhealthy team within the first few minutes of meeting them. What takes a bit longer to identify are what I call “high-trust teams,” or teams that exemplify trust at the highest level.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 2/1/17 7:10 AM

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