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Vanderbloemen Search Group

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

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Why This Church Is Embracing Risk To Plant Autonomous Local Churches with Josh Patterson [Podcast]
Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 11/13/18 10:52 AM

Why Relationships Are The Key To Casting Vision with Ricky Jenkins [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Ricky Jenkins, Lead Pastor of Southwest Church in Indian Hills, California.

William talks with Ricky about managing a rapidly growing church and the importance of investing in authentic relationships in order to communicate organizational vision.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 11/6/18 7:25 AM

How To Revitalize Your Church In The Face Of Decline with Dr. Thom Rainer [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Dr. Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN.

William talks with Dr. Rainer about navigating his own succession and his plan to take on a new challenge after stepping away from LifeWay: revitalizing churches across the country.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/30/18 11:16 AM

Your Final Candidate Didn't Work Out – Here's What You Need To Do

Your Senior Pastor search committee spends 18-24 months whittling down a list of 100 resumes to a short list of candidates you pray over, interview, and bring to your church for a weekend before finally discerning which individual is the right fit. Once you make a decision, however, they back out, already took another position, or are no longer interested. Now what?

This is a familiar story. We work with search committee members almost daily who are exhausted from a search that yielded no results. They are looking back on what looks like wasted effort and are concerned they will either have to spend another year and a half searching again, or even worse, close the doors of their church.

If your church finds itself in a similar situation, step back and work through these three steps.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/29/18 7:01 AM

Why You Don't Need To Change Your Brand – Just Live It Better with Kem Meyer [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Holly Tate talks with Kem Meyer, author of Less Chaos. Less Noise.: Effective Communications for an Effective Church. Kem's passion: helping churches and organizations grow their reach with organized, aligned communications.

Holly talks with Kem about the importance of aligning your organization's communications to reach more people and ensure your message is clearly understood.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/23/18 7:12 AM

Feeling Stuck In Your Faith? Get Out Of Your Rut With These Habits with Darryl Dash [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Holly Tate talks with Darryl Dash, church planter and pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto, Canada.  

It's easy for many of us to feel stuck in our faith, to feel like we're going through the motions. Today, Holly talks with Darryl about his new book, How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to All of Life, and his suggestions for getting out of that rut and a practical, habit-based approach to spiritual growth.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/16/18 7:08 AM

The Importance Of Honoring Trust And Maintaining Financial Integrity with Dan Busby [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Dan Busby, president of ECFA, an organization that accredits Christ-centered ministries in the areas of governance, financial management and stewardship/fundraising.

William talks with Dan about the challenges church leaders face to maintain financial integrity – and how doing the right things for the right reasons financially starts at the top of any organization.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/9/18 7:06 AM

Why You Can't Keep Great Staff Right Now – And What To Do For The Future

At Vanderbloemen, our week is often filled with stories about staff turnover within churches. Whether it’s an Executive Pastor talking about losing a ministry leader or a search committee member talking through the difficulties of getting a lead pastor search started, turnover happens. Many times, turnover is unavoidable. God calls each of us to one place at a time, which often means He will call us elsewhere eventually.

However, there is certain turnover that is avoidable, and we've found a few reoccurring themes. Many times these themes go unnoticed until a church has someone from the outside look into the problem. 

Here are the two biggest reasons why great staff may leave a church – and how to address these problems before it's too late.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/8/18 7:04 AM

Why Being Chief Is A Choice, Not A Title with Rick Miller [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Rick Miller, a business leader who has served as President and/or CEO in Fortune 10, Fortune 30, non-profit, and startup companies.

William talks with Rick about his new book, Be Chief: It’s a Choice, Not a Titleand how to establish authentic connections and effectively lead in a position of power – and why effectively wielding power is the key to sustainable organizational growth.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/2/18 7:06 AM

The Biggest Challenges Of Restricted Gifts And How You Can Handle Them

A special thanks to Dan Busby, CEO of ECFA, for his contributions to this post to ensure accuracy on this topic.

A significant part of being involved in the church is giving. Giving is not only important to the church because it funds its ministry, but it is also a vital part of the Christian faith. The Bible has much to say about stewardship and how it blesses the individual. As church leaders, we want to avoid discouraging someone from giving.

Understanding restricted gifts and their related challenges can help you and your church determine the most effective way to handle donations that are restricted. Here are three commonly asked questions about restricted gifts.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 10/1/18 7:04 AM

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