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The Ultimate Giving Guide To Staff Raises

Every employee loves to receive a raise. Every boss loves to give a raise to a well-deserving employee. But how do you decide if you should give raises? And how do you decide who should and shouldn’t get a raise? How do you decide how much of a raise to give?

In this guide, you're going to learn a) if you should give raises to your staff this year and b) how much of a raise you should give.

Posted by David Whiting on 11/27/17 8:37 AM

5 Ways To Show Gratitude For Your Volunteers This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the blessings God has given us and to show our genuine gratitude for those blessings by giving thanks. Perhaps one of the more important blessings a church can have is its volunteers. After all, what church would be successful in reaching others for Christ were it not for its army of key volunteers and lay people?

Thanksgiving season is a great time to show your appreciation to volunteers, and you don’t have to break the church bank to do it. Here are five simple, but heartfelt, ways to show your gratitude for volunteers and lay leaders in your church.

Posted by Jamie Byrd on 11/23/17 7:00 AM

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Interviews

I want to start my article about gratitude in the interview process by telling you how grateful I am. I am grateful for the opportunity to write down these thoughts and that you are reading them. I pray they are beneficial for you. I am grateful to be a part of this team at Vanderbloemen Search Group, a team that collaborates, brainstorms, and dreams together about how to better serve the Kingdom.

Recently, our team had the privilege of coming together and naming some of the “x-factors” that we often hear people talk about in the interview process. One characteristic that came up often was gratitude. Candidates who express gratitude on a regular basis stand out above others.

Generally, job descriptions divide expectations of candidates into two broad categories: competencies/skills or culture fit/character qualities. The “x-factor” topic generally addresses the latter group and is obviously much larger than I can address in this short article. However, I hope to describe general gratitude as one of the “x-factors” that can be implemented by everyone involved in the interview process, and it is more of a choice than an attribute or aptitude.

Whether you're a candidate in the job search process or an interviewer in the hiring process, here are specific ways you can choose gratitude.

Posted by Sam Murray on 11/22/17 7:00 AM

The Key To A Seamless Pastoral Transition with Pastor Brian Hunt [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 Brian Hunt, Lead Pastor of Crossroads Grace Community Church in Manteca, California.

Posted by Maggie Richter on 11/21/17 7:00 AM

Is Your Church Ready For Change?

Never before has the world changed as quickly as it is changing now. A decade ago, phone books, paper maps, and landline phones were still a valuable part of our lives 

No more.

Posted by Tobin Perry on 11/20/17 7:00 AM

How To Make Your Meetings More Effective

A question I like to ask during an interview is, “What is your least favorite aspect of your current role?” Often, the answer is “meetings!”

In the worst cases, meetings are considered a waste of time that prevent meaningful work from getting done. At best, they are considered a necessary evil during the work week.  However, collaboration and teamwork cannot be developed in isolation or with a lack of communication.

How can you begin to make your meetings an aspect of work that your team looks forward to rather than dreads?

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 11/16/17 7:00 AM

Should Your Church Invest In A Website?

Recently I wanted to check out a church that a friend suggested to me.  Using maps on my smart phone, I was unable to find the church. However, a quick google search led me to the church website. Because of my past experience on church websites, I assumed that the address under the contact tab was the church address. Forty-five minutes later (scratching my head the entire time), I found myself to be at what I believed was the pastor’s home. This was not only awkward, but a complete waste of my Sunday morning. I missed church and was in a completely different part of town.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 11/15/17 7:01 AM

Why Leaders Need To Discover Their Story with Dr. Johnny Parker [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. Johnny Parker, founder of The Parker Group LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in executive coaching, leadership, and relationship development. 

Posted by Maggie Richter on 11/14/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways Churches Can Combat High Costs Of Living For Pastors

Our friends and clients in ministry often ask our team how churches are handling the ever-changing economic state, especially regarding rising housing costs. We hear countless stories of churches that are unable to recruit top-level leaders because it’s simply too expensive to put down permanent roots in the community. 

Some of the most effective pastors are successful because they are living amongst and truly “doing life” with their church communities. Unfortunately, for churches in an area with a high cost of living allowance (COLA), this makes it more difficult to find and attract the right pastor.

In some cases, a church will own a parsonage or manse and allow its pastor to live rent free, but that is not financially feasible for most churches. As we’ve worked with our church clients on customized compensation and benefits analyses, we’ve taken note of some creative ways that we’ve seen churches address the high housing costs associated with bringing a new pastor on staff.


Below are four examples to consider in your hiring process.

Posted by Ben Homesley on 11/13/17 7:00 AM

How To Improve Your Job Satisfaction In Ministry

We’ve all heard the banal platitudes that plague Christian lingo. These well-intended phrases often lose their meaning sometime between the 20th and 60th time we hear them. While these phrases often have good applicable meanings, cliché has robbed their meaning and left us with eye rolls. Here are some of my personal favorites:

When God closes a door, He cracks a window.

God willing and the creek don’t rise.

Let go and let God.

He’ll never give you more than you need.

God answers kneemail, not email.

I will do my best to avoid these phrases and still encourage you. The following words are for those of you that find yourself in a difficult situation at your church. Whether the challenge is a difficult boss, a controlling volunteer, a disengaged student ministry, or any other issue, I hope these words can help you make lemonade out of lemons. Ok, that’s the last cheesy phrase, I promise.

Posted by Sam Murray on 11/9/17 7:00 AM

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