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4 Ways For Pastors To Increase Church Volunteer Service

I wish I could say organizing volunteers is like asking a kid if they want candy. The truth is, in today’s fast-paced, convenience-driven economy, finding volunteers to freely give of their time to fulfill ministry opportunities can be challenging at times.

One of the biggest myths of church volunteer participation is that people don’t want to give their time. Pastors, your congregation will follow you into service simply out of obedience in their submissiveness to follow you as you follow the Lord. If they were not willing to follow you, then they wouldn’t be a part of your congregation. All this to say, typically a lack of volunteer participation doesn't have anything to do with the willingness to serve.

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Posted by Byron Bray II on 10/4/17 7:01 AM

How To Build A Gospel-Fluent Team with Jeff Vanderstelt [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 Jeff Vanderstelt, Leader of the Soma Family of Churches and Pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 10/3/17 7:01 AM

What To Do When A Candidate Has Bad Credit

One of the offerings that Vanderbloemen Search Group provides for churches is a comprehensive background, social media and credit check. By providing these services, we are behind hundreds of candidate credit checks per year, good and bad. 

While most candidates have great credit, and some don’t even have a credit card, other candidates have less than perfect credit. This isn't a dealbreaker in the hiring process necessarily, but certainly something worth noting. So what should an organization do when one of its candidates has bad credit?

Here are 5 things to consider. 

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 10/2/17 7:00 AM

Why You Should Let Your Audience Use Their Smartphones This Sunday

If it were possible to ban the usage of smartphones in your Sunday service, would you do it?

In our smartphone-dominated world, it's now harder than ever before to keep an audience’s attention. As a pastor, I'm sure it’s not uncommon to see your congregation stare at their phone for social media feeds, text messages, and emails in the middle of a sermon.

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Posted by Yidan Wang on 9/28/17 7:00 AM

What Every Church Leader Wants, But Not What Every Church Leader Gets

I have a pretty cool job.

Nearly every day I get to sit across the table from pastors and church leaders. I listen to their stories. I hear about their dreams. We talk about what is next for their families.

Many of them are contemplating leaving their church. They are thinking about moving to another ministry opportunity. There are many reasons I hear:

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 9/27/17 7:00 AM

How Culture Can Revolutionize Your Church with Sara Crippen & Jannet Morgan [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, Katie Bivens talks with Jannet Morgan and Sara Crippen of Liquid Church in New Jersey. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 9/26/17 7:00 AM

How To Transition From Staff-Led To Volunteer-Led Culture

If you are reading this, take heart, you are not alone. Many pastors have tried to make this seemingly impossible shift from staff-led ministry to volunteer-led ministry. Some have crashed and burned, others have gracefully succeeded. How did they do it?           

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 9/25/17 7:00 AM

3 Reasons Why Your Church Staff Team Needs An Office

For many churches, especially young church plants, having a place to call a workspace can be tough to come by.  Young churches and portable churches tend to rely on technology to keep their teams connected, but I think there is a relevant case for having your team all in one place. Here are 3 of the best reasons.

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Posted by David Fantin on 9/21/17 7:00 AM

7 Crucial Components Of A Church Residency Program

Many churches now offer internship opportunities or residency programs to help develop future ministry leaders. These programs can range in focus from high school students to young adults to even more advanced adults for church-planting or missions-related programs. 

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Posted by Katie Chapman on 9/20/17 7:00 AM

Is Your Church Ready For Multisite? with Dr. Chip Henderson [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. Chip Henderson, Senior Pastor of Pinelake Church in Mississippi. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 9/19/17 7:00 AM

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