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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 A Church In London Is Defying Cultural Barriers with Pastor Mark Wiltshire & Vlad Ciolan [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 Pastor Mark Wiltshire and Vlad Ciolan of Bromley Christian Church in Bromley, London.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 7/25/17 7:00 AM

4 Qualities Of Exceptional Student Pastors

Student pastors have one of the highest turnover rates in churches. Some people consider the role to be an “entry level” point for individuals who are called to full-time ministry, so many candidates are not committed to a long-term position in student ministry. More often though, turnover stems from simply having the wrong person in the role.

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Posted by Phanuel Roxas on 7/24/17 7:00 AM

3 Ways To Encourage Your Congregation Through Difficulty

We should expect it. There will be a season where our staff, congregation, and world will experience suffering. We all have our own seasons of hardship, but there will be a time where our church (big C or little c) experiences something that could potentially cause devastation among the church. Whether it is a moral failure, natural disaster, debt, or loss of a loved one, the church needs to understand how to stay standing during difficult circumstances. The question is not how to avoid suffering, but how do we suffer well as the church?

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Posted by Katie Chapman on 7/20/17 7:00 AM

5 Steps To Implement New Systems For Your Team

One of our core values here at Vanderbloemen is constant improvement. We try to bring this into every aspect of our work, always looking for new ideas, new technology, and new systems that can help us serve our churches better.

There are churches on both ends of the system spectrum. Some churches are fast moving and make changes too quickly that the systems and processes aren't in place to support the new changes. Important details fall through the cracks and leave people scrambling and stressed out to fill in the gaps.

Other churches are afraid to make changes because they've been doing things the same way for many years, so they don't reach their full potential as a ministry because of their fear of change. Whatever your church’s vision, mission, or ministry looks like, there is always room to improve and make your processes and systems better.

Here are five steps to take to help implement a new system on your team:

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 7/19/17 7:00 AM

Rethinking Diversity On Your Church Staff Team with Sam Collier [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 Collier, communicator at North Point Ministries and Director of City Strategy for The reThink Group.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 7/18/17 7:00 AM

I’m A Millennial & Just Celebrated 5 Years At Vanderbloemen…Here’s Why

I’m one of those millennials. You know – one of those millennials that job hops and can’t commit to any job for more than a year.

I’m one of those, except that I just celebrated my fifith anniversary – or "Vanderversary" – here at Vanderbloemen last week. 

How am I millennial yet have stayed at one organization for five years?

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Posted by Holly Tate on 7/17/17 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:

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

9 Ways To Develop And Empower Leaders Through Delegation

As pastors and leaders in the church, one of our biggest callings is to build up the people of the church, encouraging and challenging them to walk farther down the path of faith. One of the best ways we can do this is by bringing church members into the heart of ministry and empowering them to live as the hands and feet of Christ.

By inviting people into our ministry and delegating responsibilities, we not only increase the work of the church, but also build up our people.

Below are nine steps to raise up leaders through delegation.

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Posted by Rusty Gates on 7/12/17 7:02 AM

How To Recruit And Develop Multisite Volunteers with Steve Adams [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 Steve Adams, Executive Pastor of Children's Ministry at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 7/11/17 7:00 AM

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