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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Vanderbloemen Search Group is an Executive Church Staffing Firm located in Houston, Texas.

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10 Things Millennials Are Looking For In Small Groups
Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 1/29/18 7:00 AM

Should Your Church Invest In A Website?

Recently I wanted to check out a church that a friend suggested to me.  Using maps on my smart phone, I was unable to find the church. However, a quick google search led me to the church website. Because of my past experience on church websites, I assumed that the address under the contact tab was the church address. Forty-five minutes later (scratching my head the entire time), I found myself to be at what I believed was the pastor’s home. This was not only awkward, but a complete waste of my Sunday morning. I missed church and was in a completely different part of town.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 11/15/17 7:01 AM

4 Regular Habits Of Relational Leaders

In our work with churches all around the world, we have found that healthy churches have a healthy staff. And what we have noticed among healthy staff teams is that the leadership is inherently relational. This is what keeps organizations healthy and growing for the long-run.

No matter how administrative or hands-off your role at your church may be, your role will always impact people on your team and people in your church. To create a church staff that helps your team and church continue to thrive, here are four habits to adopt. These should ultimately allow your staff to get to know you on a deeper level and vice versa.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 8/9/17 7:00 AM

3 Characteristics To Look For In ‘Back Of The House’ Church Volunteers

At every successful restaurant, the staff and management are divided into two main areas—the front of the house and back of the house. Hosts and wait staff make up the "front lines" to the guest’s experience. Their cheerful demeanor and crisp attire leaves an excellent first impression. However, the chefs, cooks, dishwashers, and custodial staff keep the restaurant clean and guests fed behind the scenes. They, in some ways, provide the substance to the experience.

A church organization, similarly, ought to prioritize an excellent execution of the back of the house just as it does the front of the house to ensure that the congregation is cared for every step of the way. You might find our free guide to creating your church's volunteer agreements and job descriptions helpful as you shape these roles.

Here are three things to look for in these invaluable "back of the house" volunteers:

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 7/13/17 7:00 AM

5 Fool-Proof Steps To Ensure A Healthy Working Environment

As more and more millennials enter the work force, a healthy work environment is higher and higher on the list of things employers are thinking about. As a leader, you want to ensure you’re creating the best possible space for your team to work well and effectively, and sometimes it’s hard to know why that isn’t happening. Below I’ve listed 5 things you can do to help ensure your culture is healthy.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 7/6/17 7:00 AM

How To Interview For Your Next Pastor

Your search team has prayed, reviewed, and vetted numerous candidates, and it’s now time to begin the crucial interview process.

Here at Vanderbloemen, we walk alongside our clients throughout the process to help see their search to a successful closing. With hundreds of searches under our belt, we know that every church is unique, so there is no one right way to do final interviews. That being said, here are some best interview practices of churches that we’ve seen through the years as they seek who God is calling as their next pastor.

Click here to download our free Pastor Search Prayer Calendar for your search committee

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 7/3/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways To Move Beyond Stagnation In A Ministry Role

Repetition can often create stagnation within ministry . I have noticed that the longer I have served in a ministry role, what first seemed exciting can lose its luster after a few months or years. It is not that I have lost my passion for ministry, but what seemed to excite me in a specific role doesn't anymore. Throughout my ministry experience, I’ve noticed four things that helped me continue to find joy in my current ministry role.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 6/21/17 7:05 AM

5 Ways To Be Successful In Your New Job

Beginning a new job brings a variety of emotions: excitement, fear, and everything in between. Not only are you adjusting to the new demands of your job, but you’re also adjusting your personal life to fit those demands. It’s important to expect challenges and be prepared to learn from them as you transition.

Here are five tips to help you succeed when starting a new job.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 6/19/17 7:00 AM

7 Ways To Support Your Worship Team Members

Practically every position at a church is strenuous; each has its own particular set of difficulties and big asks. Worship jobs in particular can be taxing because of the hours required, from weekly practice to numerous weekend services. Below are a few simple things you can do to ease the burden for your worship team members (or really any role!).

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 5/24/17 7:03 AM

A Journey In Discovering Spiritual Gifts with Sam Storms [Podcast]


The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William talks with Sam Storms, author and Lead Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City. 

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 5/16/17 11:32 AM

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