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3 Myths To Dispel About Successful Leaders
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

4 Ways To Improve Your Team’s Culture In 2017

We talk about culture a lot on our team here at Vanderbloemen. It’s now becoming a hot topic for a lot of churches and ministries as well. A strong team culture can foster growth, attract great talent, and, most importantly, move the church forward.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 1/19/17 7:19 AM

5 Great (Free) Ministry Resources for 2017

I love the beginning of a new year. For me, a chance at a fresh start has always been encouraging. At the end of every year, I begin making plans about how I’m going to live better in the upcoming year. And I know I speak for many church leaders when I say that part of those plans include how I can be a better leader and how I can help my team be more productive and efficient. 

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 1/4/17 7:18 AM

3 Things To Consider When Replacing A Long-Tenured Pastor

Though any Lead Pastor transition is an important one, replacing a long-tenured Senior Pastor often carries a lot more weight and is filled with nuances outside a normal pastor search. We’ve walked alongside hundreds of churches during this holy crossroads, and we can tell you that a pastor search like this is so important to get right.

Here are three things to consider when searching for a new pastor after a long-tenured one.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 12/12/16 7:47 AM

3 Keys To Effective Communication Within Your Church Staff

At first thought, a guide to communicating with your church staff coworkers may seem a little unnecessary. If someone emails you, you reply. If they walk to your desk to ask a question, you acknowledge and answer their questions. Simple right?

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 9/21/16 8:02 AM

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