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Are You Ready To Become A Lead Pastor?

You’ve been a youth pastor, small groups pastor, children’s pastor, or an executive pastor for years, and you're now wondering if maybe you should begin to lead a church – as the senior pastor. So, how do you know if it is time for you to begin to look to become a lead pastor?

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Posted by David Whiting on 7/10/17 7:01 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.

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

3 Ways For Church Leaders To Maximize The Waiting Period

Growing up, we often played a game called Red Light - Green Light. I called it the Waiting Game. Essentially, the first person to reach the finish line won. When the caller said “green light, everyone would run as quickly forward as possible, but when they yelled red light,” everyone would have to stop in their tracks.

We would be eliminated from the game if we moved forward while “red light” was called, so usually we would be on the tips of our toes falling forward in anticipation of the ability to move forward. So often we are in that same position in our ministry journey: we must wait until we get the green light, which can be utterly frustrating. So how do we wait well?

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Posted by Jennifer Winge on 7/5/17 7:01 AM

How Much Growth Is Right For Your Church? with Larry Osborne [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 Larry Osborne, Senior Pastor of North Coast Church in Vista, California.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 7/4/17 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

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

6 Traits Employers Look For In Church Job Seekers

At Vanderbloemen, we work with churches of many different sizes, denominations, and staff hiring needs. While each church is unique and looking for something specific in their next hire, we do see a handful of common traits that employers are looking for in every candidate that applies. 

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 6/29/17 7:00 AM

11 Reasons Every Church Leader Needs A Coach

Coaching can take on many different forms. You can have a personal coach, online coaching, group coaching (like our Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor Coaching Networks), and coaching as a form of counseling. Regardless of what it looks like, it is vitally important that leaders have someone to walk alongside in their ministry journey. Below I’ve listed some reasons why you should consider getting a coach.

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Posted by Kendal Drinkwine on 6/28/17 7:00 AM

How To Be More Productive And Set Better Goals with Christy Wright [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 Christy Wright, Ramsey Personality, Certified Business Coach, and founder of Business Boutique for Women.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 6/27/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways To Create Great Staff Culture For Both Introverts And Extroverts

Having a well-balanced and diverse staff is very important, especially when it comes to personality types. Introverts and extroverts each bring unique qualities that can work beautifully together in a workplace. However, each thrive in different physical spaces, communicate differently, and will have different preferences for how meetings are run.

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Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 6/26/17 7:04 AM

6 Tips To Being An Effective Reference For A Candidate

One of the key elements in the hiring process is reference -checking. The reference check is designed to give a 360-degree view of the candidate.

As our Background Specialist, Gail Mayes, has written on our blog before, "A misconception about conducting church background checks is that they are intended to 'dig up dirt' on a potential hire. This is not the case. The process of conducting church background checks are intended for you to get to know your potential new team member better and gain clarity on whether they would be a good fit for your team or not."

If you find yourself listed as a reference as a former or current employer, supervisor, or manager, there are some steps you can take to be prepared.

If you're a hiring manager who conducts background checks regularly, download our guide to effective ministry reference checks.

Here are 6 helpful tips to help you maneuver the upcoming reference call:

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/22/17 7:04 AM

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