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What It Takes To Be The Internal Hire with Matthew Johnson [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 Matthew Johnson, Lead Pastor of Lancaster Community Church in Lancaster, Ohio.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 8/29/17 7:00 AM

5 Easy Tips For Improving Your Interview Process

We have the great privilege of interviewing candidates every day and hearing how different churches approach their own personal interviewing process. I want to share a few easily applied tips that have impressed me along the way. This is not a comprehensive list of best interview practices, but I hope these few ideas help improve your ministry's interview process.

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Posted by Sam Murray on 8/28/17 7:00 AM

10 Action Steps For Your Next Staff Member Transition 

Neil Miller is the Church Solutions Manager for KiSSFLOW and a Ministry Partner of Vanderbloemen Search Group. 

It’s always hard to lose someone from your team, even if the decision is mutual. Emotions can flow deeply – from sadness, to anger, to hope for what might be coming next.

But in the midst of all those emotions, you might forget some important steps as you offboard the employee. If you don’t have effective systems in place, you could leave your team open to risk, especially if the transition is a turbulent one. Smart churches have systems in place for when someone transitions off the team to help protect both the church and the individual.

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Posted by Neil Miller on 8/25/17 7:00 AM

What Will It Take To Double Our Attendance?

This is a question I’ve been asked several times—typically by Executive or Senior Pastors who want to know how they can prepare for significant growth. Sometimes it is in context of moving to permanent space—or opening a new building. “We really think it’s possible that we will double in the next couple of years—how can we prepare for the growth?”

During the first 15 years of my role as an Executive Pastor, we doubled (on average) every 3 years. So we were constantly thinking about how to prepare for the next surge of growth.

Here is some of what I told my staff during these seasons of growth:

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 8/24/17 7:00 AM

The Do’s And Don’ts Of An Onsite Interview

Interviewing for a new ministry position is exciting, but it can also be a nerve-wracking and stressful situation for some, especially those final onsite interviews at a church. Meeting new people, having to answer the same questions multiple times, and trying to be “on” around everyone you encounter during the process can be draining to say the least. 

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 8/23/17 7:00 AM

How To Create Winning Culture For Any Generation with Weston Belkot [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, Holly talks with Weston Belkot, Director of Learning and Development at Pushpay. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 8/22/17 8:37 AM

9 Action Steps To Take When You Lose Your Job

Losing a job often comes with a flood of emotions. Depending on the situation, you might feel mad, disheartened, sad, anxious, frustrated, or a plethora of other emotions. Those feelings are completely valid, and it’s important to work through them in your own time. However, it’s likely that you’re going to need to start the job search process sooner or later. 

Here are nine action steps to guide you in the first few weeks after you lose your job.

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Posted by Holly Tate on 8/21/17 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

3 Factors That Keep Millennials Coming Back To Church

You’ve probably heard the statistics about Millennials in the church: 59% of those who have attended church in the past have dropped out at some point, and more and more “regular attenders” identify themselves as those who attend every four to six weeks, rather than the old measure of three times a month.

And yet I am a Millennial who, through some personal battles and my fair share of absent Sundays, found a church that I love and call home. So what did my church do right?

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 8/16/17 7:00 AM

How To Lead A Church Without Authority with Clay Scroggins [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 Clay Scroggins, Lead Pastor of the North Point Community Church campus in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 8/14/17 7:00 AM

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