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Finding The Right Pace For Change with Chris Emmitt [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 Chris Emmitt, Lead Pastor of Mountain Lake Church in Cumming, Georgia. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 2/6/18 7:00 AM

4 Steps To Regain Your Vision For Ministry

No matter the size of your church or organization, it is essential to have a clear vision for what you do. Often it is not lack of personnel, resources, or ideas that hold a church back from achieving its full potential; it is the absence of vision. Vision is the long-term ambition that drives a church ministry forward. This includes what the church is about and why that is significant. Vision is a guiding light that keeps churches focused, allowing them to make the most of their opportunities and avoid the distractions that lie around.

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 2/5/18 7:00 AM

3 Things to Keep In Mind When Church Planting In The City

From high costs of living to ever-changing and diverse demographics, planting a church in a big city can be challenging. Having lived in Honolulu, Washington, D.C., New York City, and now Houston, I have always been in awe of how pastors serve their cities and foster close-knit communities in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Posted by Chelsea Tyson on 2/1/18 7:00 AM

8 Tips For A Successful Phone Interview

As the world becomes increasingly connected, so do methods of communication. While many organizations still conduct face-to-face interviews, many of them use phone interviews to screen out potential candidates before moving them forward to the final round of in-person interviews. There are also some companies that have completely foregone in-person interviews and have hired people after a phone call.

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Posted by Josh Lai on 1/31/18 7:01 AM

Planning For The Future By Rediscovering The Past with Ray Green [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 Ray Green, Lead Pastor of Graceland Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 1/30/18 7:00 AM

10 Things Millennials Are Looking For In Small Groups

Small groups, life groups, growth groups, home groups… there are many names for this method of connection within the church. Found in most churches today, small groups are a great way for people to engage in biblical community by intentionally gathering regularly for the purpose of joining in God’s mission together. Because this is such an important element in most millennials’ faith, it is crucial that the church makes a real effort to create an environment where its small groups can thrive.

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 1/29/18 7:00 AM

4 Ways For Busy Church Leaders To Keep Their Focus On God


In the busyness of life and ministry, spending intentional time with God can sometimes lose its priority in our lives. Over the past 23 years of ministry, God has allowed me to serve as a Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, Family Pastor, and Small Groups Pastor. In all those roles, one of the biggest obstacles I’ve encountered is making room for God in my daily schedule. For me, prayer and the spiritual disciplines have seemed to (not intentionally) slowly shift to the back seat of my priorities. 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 1/25/18 7:00 AM

Does Your Church Know Who To Reach?

We are fortunate to serve churches from 70 to 70,000 in size, including around 100 different denominations and tribes. The scope of this work has been a tremendous gift; seeing the diversity and unity of the Church is a beautiful thing. At a fundamental level, it has been a privilege to see that one church cannot reach every person on this earth, but the Church can.

It can be a great comfort to know that the Church is bigger than your church. It can free your church to take responsibility for the ministry you have in front of you, and give responsibility to God and the rest of the body of Christ for the other responsibilities.

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Posted by Sam Murray on 1/24/18 7:00 AM

Making Your Mark As A New Pastor with Adam Demetrician [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 Adam Demetrician, Lead Pastor of Pathways Church in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 1/23/18 7:00 AM

3 Church Staff Positions That Will Become More Common This Year

Walking alongside churches of all sizes provides a unique perspective of how they operate. We get to see how churches work internally, but also get a high-level view of how churches adapt (or fail to adapt) to change.

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Posted by David Fantin on 1/22/18 7:00 AM

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