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Tracey Smith

Tracey Smith is an Executive Search Consultant at Vanderbloemen Search Group.

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4 Teams Every Senior Pastor Needs
Posted by Tracey Smith on 2/15/18 7:00 AM

4 Ways For Busy Church Leaders To Keep Their Focus On God


In the busyness of life and ministry, spending intentional time with God can sometimes lose its priority in our lives. Over the past 23 years of ministry, God has allowed me to serve as a Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Family Pastor, and Small Groups Pastor. In all those roles, one of the biggest obstacles I’ve encountered is making room for God in my daily schedule. For me, prayer and the spiritual disciplines have seemed to (not intentionally) slowly shift to the back seat of my priorities. 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 1/25/18 7:00 AM

3 Ways To Increase Your Attendance This Christmas

Christmas is one of the greatest opportunities to invite friends, neighbors, and family to church. Millions of people will flow into a Christmas Eve or Christmas service, many of them attending for the very first time. Why? Because someone invited them.

As we prepare for celebrating one of the most historic days in our Christian faith – the birth of Christ, here are three effective ways to can increase your attendance this year: 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 11/30/17 7:00 AM

4 Action Steps For Your First Day On The Job

In our work with churches and organizations, we hear too many unfortunate stories of new hires that fail to last longer than a few weeks on staff. This is often because the new hire has neglected to lean into the church's culture or be proactive in the first couple of weeks. 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 9/11/17 7:00 AM

3 Actions To Take Before Sending A Text Or Email

Over the past decade, we have seen several significant changes to the way we do ministry due to the advancement of technology. Among all these technological advancements, perhaps the changes that have best helped pastors be more efficient is email and text. Our communication is almost instantaneous. Some of us can still remember when we had to sit down to hand write a letter, only to wait two or three days before it would reach the other person. 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 7/26/17 7:01 AM

How To Deal With The Unexpected Loss Of Your Pastor

During my early years of my ministry, I had the privilege to serve at a large, thriving and growing church in the Southeast. The church was experiencing a season where ministry was fun and exciting and we were seeing God do some amazing life transformation in the church. During the height of seeing God work, we unexpectantly suffered the loss of two beloved pastors within a few months of each other. It was devastating to the church and to the local community we served. 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 6/1/17 7:04 AM

What To Do AFTER You've Made A New Hire

So you've made the hire for your church staff or ministry! Now what? That is a great question. Most church leaders and non-profit employers spend so much time and focus on the front end of the hiring process that they often forget about how to be intentional once the new employee has arrived. But the smartest leaders we've seen - those who excel in retaining great staff members - remain intentional in their actions after the hire has been made.

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/17/17 7:19 AM

How To Lead Well Through Transition

Here at Vanderbloemen, we consult with churches and ministries about organizational and leadership transition. Transition is an inescapable part of leadership, but how you manage transition is what is the most important. Over my 23 years of ministry, I experienced three major leadership transitions.

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 4/24/17 7:22 AM

5 Ways To Foster Contentment In The Workplace

Part of my role as an Executive Search Consultant is, at times, interviewing someone who isn't happy in their current position. For one reason or another, they feel that they need to move to the next level, are not being paid enough, are feeling a "holy dissatisfaction," or are simply unhappy with their responsibilities or manager.

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 3/27/17 7:15 AM

How To Welcome A New Church Staff Member Well

So you have made a hire for your church staff. Now what? That's an important question. Many church leaders spend so much time and focus on the front end of the hiring process that they can forget to be intentional once the new employee has arrived.

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 2/24/17 6:56 AM

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