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How To Manage Generational Differences During A Senior Pastor Search
Posted by David Fantin on 12/7/17 7:01 AM

3 Ways To Increase Your Attendance This Christmas

Christmas is one of the greatest opportunities to invite friends, neighbors, and family to church. Millions of people will flow into a Christmas Eve or Christmas service, many of them attending for the very first time. Why? Because someone invited them.

As we prepare for celebrating one of the most historic days in our Christian faith – the birth of Christ, here are three effective ways to can increase your attendance this year: 

Posted by Tracey Smith on 11/30/17 7:00 AM

4 Essential Keys To Invite (Not Recruit) Volunteers Into Your Children’s Ministry

Many children’s pastors and directors agree on how difficult it is to attract and keep volunteers for their ministries. As a former children’s ministry volunteer director, I experienced these struggles regularly. While the perfect solution to this problem doesn’t exist, considering the importance of "quality over quantity" is a great start.

In our free webinar on How To Build & Grow A Stellar Children's Ministry, we talk about the importance of inviting your congregation to serve. Inviting your congregation to serve - as opposed to requiring them to do so - can make a big difference in retaining quality volunteers.

Below are four ways to invite and onboard new volunteers into your children’s ministry.

Posted by Marisol Rubio on 11/29/17 7:00 AM

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

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

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?

Posted by Sarah Hogan on 11/8/17 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.

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

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