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Young (Future) Leaders: How To Wait Well

As you read this article, know that I am not writing this as a leadership expert. This article is more of the pot calling the kettle black. This article comes out of my own pursuit on how to wait well, or even determine whether or not I am called to lead in a high capacity. 

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Posted by David Fantin on 6/12/17 7:01 AM

Why You Haven’t Been Promoted Yet

Yes, I know. You deserve it. You’ve waited your turn. You’ve been patient. Why won’t they just promote you already?

There are likely many reasons why your boss hasn’t decided to move you up the organizational chart yet. Use this list as a barometer. If you want to be promoted, consider the following things before you ask for your raise.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 6/8/17 7:01 AM

How To Get More Traction From Sunday’s Message

Ever wonder how many “gigabytes” your brain could store if it were a computer? Scientists estimate that the answer would be equivalent to up to 2.5 million gigabytes of storage! For reference, the biggest hard drive to date is only 10,000 gigabytes. 

However, if you ask someone from your congregation what you spoke on this weekend, chances are, they won’t have the slightest clue.  Now, before you get discouraged and quit the ministry to apply for Chick-fil-A, know that it likely has little to do with you. There could be many reasons why the message you spent days preparing doesn’t make it to Wednesday. Whatever the reason, here are a few creative ways to get more mileage out of your content.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 6/7/17 7:01 AM

What Every Church Planter Needs To Hear with John McKinzie [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 John McKinzie, Lead Pastor of Hope Fellowship in Frisco, Texas. 

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

How To Lead Your Team To Fulfill A Vision

In our work as Search Consultants, we spend a lot of time with churches and faith-based organizations learning about their mission, vision, values and organizational culture.

While most organizations have a fairly clear vision statement, I have noticed that sometimes the vision statement has very little impact on how the organization functions. There are a lot of reasons for this. Ministry is relentless; Sunday comes every week. Christmas, Easter, and the Fall launches new programs every year. Many organizations have a de facto vision to simply make it through the season avoiding a significant mistake. This is understandable but not sustainable. To push your team towards your long-term vision, you need to have a better plan in place.

Click here to register for our upcoming free webinar: How To Staff Your Church To Fulfill A Vision

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Posted by Jay Mitchell on 6/5/17 7:01 AM

How To Deal With The Unexpected Loss Of Your Pastor

During my early years of my ministry, I had the privilege to serve at a large, thriving and growing church in the Southeast. The church was experiencing a season where ministry was fun and exciting and we were seeing God do some amazing life transformation in the church. During the height of seeing God work, we unexpectantly suffered the loss of two beloved pastors within a few months of each other. It was devastating to the church and to the local community we served. 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 6/1/17 7:04 AM

7 Self-Care Habits You Can Start Today

Beginning the journey to self-care can be daunting. But as is the case in most everything, the journey begins with small steps. This is especially important for church staff members, as ministry is a 24/7 job.

These six steps take as little as ten minutes to accomplish and can make a huge impact on both your work and personal life. 

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 5/31/17 7:01 AM

The Secret To A Successful Ministry with Dr. Chris Stephens [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 Dr. Chris Stephens, Senior Pastor of Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 5/30/17 8:00 AM

5 People You Shouldn't List As References

Here at Vanderbloemen Search Group, we ask candidates to provide 3-5 references, regardless of the position they’re seeking. We also ask that these references fall into one of these three categories: supervisor, colleague or subordinate.

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 5/25/17 7:01 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!).

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Posted by Casey Hampton on 5/24/17 7:03 AM

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