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Beating Burnout: 7 Ways To Keep Your Staff Members At The Top Of Their Games
Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 9/17/18 7:02 AM

Loving And Letting Go: 3 Keys To Serving A Community On The Move

The local community is at the heart of many churches. Whether you live in a community in New York City or Southern California, your community has unique and defining features. Inevitably, the local church reflects the surrounding culture.

One type of community tends to be more difficult to engage with than others: the community on the move (these can include military or college towns).

As I speak with church leaders about finding staff, they often mention their frustrations with trying to build youth and children’s ministries or equip volunteers, knowing that most people will be moving on within a few years. If you're a staff member at a church in a transient community, here are three practical keys to consider to make the most of your ministry.

Posted by David Fantin on 9/5/18 7:04 AM

What Pastors Want Every Guest To Know with Thom Rainer [Podcast]

On today’s Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN.

William talks with Thom about his new book, Becoming a Welcoming Church, and tips for helping churches connect with guests in a more effective and wholesome way.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 9/4/18 7:10 AM

Combating A Toxic Culture: How To Engage And Inspire Your Team

"Strategy is great. Having talented people is a must. But the real team wins come when culture is working," insists Vanderbloemen CEO & Founder, William Vanderbloemen, in Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace

Hands down, the best way to engage employees and build a winning team is by combating a toxic culture – and building a healthy one. It is up to organizational or team leaders to create an environment that is driven by excellence, mutual support, and positivity.

Here are five ways to engage and inspire your team and cultivate a positive, productive culture.

Posted by Kendal Drinkwine on 8/29/18 7:02 AM

How To Create A Dynamic Guest Experience To Drive Growth with Jason Young [Podcast]


On today’s Vandercast, William Vanderbloemen talks with Jason Young, director of guest experience at Buckhead Church and North Point Ministries.

Jason and William discuss the importance of investing in volunteers and staff in order to develop a dynamic guest experience in churches and ministries.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 8/28/18 7:20 AM

4 Ways To Cultivate A "Lightbulb" Culture Of Great Ideas

I loved the animated movie Despicable Me. In the film, supervillian Felonious Gru has moments of clarity in which he concocts ideas for evil schemes, emphatically stating, “Lightbulb!”

As a leader, I love seeing a staff member and/or volunteer have a “lightbulb moment” – a moment of clarity that provides a solution to a problem or inspiration for a new project or idea. "Lightbulb moments" create a feeling of ingenuity, ownership and empowerment. How do we, as leaders, create a culture that encourages these "lightbulb moments?"

Here are four tips for cultivating a culture of great ideas.

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 8/27/18 7:04 AM

Why These 5 Safeguards May Help Protect Your Church

The past few years have seen instances of violence and unimaginable tragedy across the country. A few short years ago, violence on church campuses was extremely rare. Growing up, I remember a certain reverence from people by simply being on a church campus – a reverence only overshadowed by actually being inside a house of worship.

Things have changed. Today, we must stop and consider how we can protect those with whom we worship. While we’re not experts in church security, here are five safeguards that may make a difference at your church.

Posted by Danny Watterson on 8/1/18 7:04 AM

The Crucial Church Metric You're (Probably) Not Measuring - But Should!

(NOTE: This post was excerpted from the ebook “5 Crucial Church Metrics You’re Not Measuring (But Should Be!)”)

Most statistics churches track relate to what’s going on inside. That’s understandable. Those are the numbers that are easiest to track. But Mark Clifton, the senior director of the North American Mission Board’s rePlanting team, suggests that one of the most important proofs for the health and vitality of any church is whether the community would miss the congregation if it were gone.

Posted by Pushpay on 7/30/18 7:12 AM

4 Steps Every Startup Small Group Should Take

Small groups build community and help new church members feel more connected to the local church. A smaller setting helps shrink down a large congregation to smaller, more intimate gatherings where members can establish deeper roots. No matter how each group is formed, there are some practical elements to consider when launching a brand-new group. Here are four steps every small group should take in the beginning.

Posted by Phanuel Roxas on 7/25/18 7:03 AM

How To Demonstrate Effective, Spiritually Charged Leadership

I served as a Lead Pastor for well over two decades. In order to be the best I could be with the gifts I had been given, I relentlessly pursued outside activities and experiences that would sharpen my skills, from graduate school to continuing education, leadership conferences and seminars, I worked hard to achieve effective and transformative pastoral leadership.

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul writes to a young, aspiring, and impressionable pastor named Timothy, and says these words:

"...I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction...keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:1-2, 5 (NIV)).

Good, great, got it, done! Who doesn’t want to follow Paul’s admonition? Who doesn’t want to be exceptional in what they do? As busy leaders, it would be easy to use a check list: today I study, on Sunday I teach, then I counsel, officiate at weddings and funerals, lead meetings with staff and elders, and on and on. Paul was one of the most motivating and inspiring leaders of all time. He was a theologian, author, public speaker, missionary, and apologist. Paul knew who he was, whose he was, and he had a purpose.

Paul’s extraordinary ministry however, was not through his heritage, education, or ambitions. He was passionate about being internally focused on his relationship with God. He knew and understood that leadership is an inside job, meaning the fruit of our leadership is in direct correlation to the condition of our inner person.

Inspired by the ministry of Paul, here are three keys for effective, spiritually charged leadership:

Posted by Tim Gocha on 7/2/18 7:04 AM

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