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4 Ways To Fully Utilize Your Volunteers' Strengths

Volunteers are the lifeblood of every church, no matter the size. Sometimes, you don’t have the luxury of choosing from a huge pool of willing people for specific roles, placing them based on their gifts in a corresponding ministry. You might have to hope for dedicated congregants who will serve wherever there’s a need, giving their all in a ministry area that might not be the best match for their particular strengths.

As your ministries develop, however, the goal should be to recruit and develop volunteers who are a good fit for the area in which they are serving. But how do you do this?

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Posted by Sarah Hogan on 11/8/17 7:00 AM

How To Stay Hungry, Curious, And Prayerful with Adam Weber [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, Sarah talks with Adam Weber, Lead Pastor of Embrace Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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

3 Reminders To Get You Through A Difficult Season Of Ministry

Have you ever watched a large-scale triathlon up close?  It’s pretty remarkable.  All the organization and teamwork that takes place to pull an event like that off is impressive. I’m fortunate enough to live in a city that hosts a full distance Ironman, which is 140.6 grueling miles.

Every year, my family and I make it a point to cheer on those that have committed to crossing the finish line. Most of these athletes have been training for well over a year to get to that point. They’ve likely juggled family and career responsibilities and battled through injuries and long, difficult rides or runs. Hours upon hours of pushing themselves to stay the course. I can’t help but be reminded of Philippians 3 where Paul says, Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

There are so many parallels to our journey in ministry. As I meet with candidates from across the country and hear some of their trials and struggles, I can’t help but encourage them with some of these tips. If you’re struggling with jumping out of your role or out of ministry altogether, perhaps these reminders will help you stay the course.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 11/6/17 7:00 AM

9 Overlooked Costs Of A Bad Hire

Making a bad hire is expensive. In our work with churches and ministries, we’ve found that many organizations don’t realize the real costs that are involved in hiring the wrong person. Yes, you will spend money on a few job postings and travel in the hiring process, but the costs go well beyond that. 

Below are nine common costs that churches often overlook in the hectic season of finding a new staff member.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 11/2/17 7:00 AM

5 Questions To Address During A Pastoral Transition

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The first line of the book NEXT: Pastoral Succesion That Works is, "Every pastor is an interim pastor."

Whether a season of ministry lasts three years or three decades, every church will be faced with the inevitable challenge of replacing its pastor at some point. Some transitions will be positive, and it will be appropriate to surround them with praise and celebration. However, a transition often occurs because a pastor is involved in something that requires them to step away from ministry.

Churches often ask what is the “standard severance package” or the “standard way” they should handle their pastoral transition. Our answer is always the same: there is no standard answer. Every transition will have different aspects that will influence the what the severance package and departing situation looks like.

Here are five issues your church leadership and board should think through when faced with a pastoral transition.

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Posted by Ben Homesley on 11/1/17 7:00 AM

How To Gracefully Transition To A New Staff Team with Phil EuBank [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 Phil EuBank, Lead Pastor of Eastern Hills Community Church in Denver, Colorado.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 10/31/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways To Grow Through Insecurity In Ministry

Serving in full-time ministry is uniquely challenging. While we often encounter similar difficulties as our congregation, there are certain challenges that seem to pop up more often for those in vocational ministry. Over time I came to discover these challenges surface no matter the size of the church or the position in which we serve. I think it is vital for the health of both us and the church that we learn how to handle them because sooner or later, we will face them.

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Posted by Josh Lai on 10/30/17 7:00 AM

4 Leadership Mistakes That Are Driving Away Your Staff Members

Church staff members will leave their positions for many personal reasons. Maybe they're moving closer to aging parents, following their spouse's job change, choosing to stay at home with their children, or going back to school to continue their education. But the majority of reasons why ministry staff leave their jobs are under the control of the church and the lead staff. In fact, any element of your current workplace (your culture, environment, expectations, perceptions and growth opportunities) could be a factor that affects staff and their longevity in your church ministry.

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 10/26/17 7:00 AM

5 Reasons To Take A Church Internship

Internships and residencies are becoming very commonplace in ministry, and just like in the corporate world, they offer many lasting benefits. Some internships are unpaid and others only offer a small stipend, but they all offer valuable experience that could aid in your job search.

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Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 10/25/17 7:01 AM

The Defining Factor Of Churches That Last with Pastor Brad White [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, Sarah talks with Brad White, Senior Pastor of LifePoint Church in Tampa, Florida.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 10/24/17 8:12 AM

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