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5 Ways To Develop A Multigenerational Church 
Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 2/21/18 7:00 AM

3 Things All Campus Pastors Should Do

The roles of a campus pastor are as different as the churches in which you find them. Some campus pastors teach every Sunday, some don’t teach at all. Some office out of the main campus, while others lead a campus in a completely different state from the others. As such, it can be difficult to make hard set rules that encompass every different type and role of campus pastor.

Posted by Rusty Gates on 2/19/18 7:00 AM

4 Teams Every Senior Pastor Needs

Teams are everywhere. Patrick Lencioni speaks about the power of teams, John Maxwell explains the value of teams, and Forbes shares a plethora of great articles on leading teams. But which teams would be the most helpful to a pastor?

Posted by Tracey Smith on 2/15/18 7:00 AM

5 Ways To Equip Your Volunteers This Weekend

Churches often approach managing volunteers in two different ways. Sometimes churches are so systematized that they allow no room for creativity and agility on their volunteer teams. Other churches like for volunteers to come up with their own systems and structure for the ministry.

High capacity volunteers often like structure because it lets them know what’s expected within the ministry and lowers the barrier to entry. Most volunteers work full time jobs and don’t necessarily have or want the capacity to come up with curriculum, guidelines, or lists.

As someone who has been a volunteer in various church ministry activities, I know both approaches offer various pros and cons. Regardless of where your church is on that spectrum, there are certain resources that every volunteer should be knowledgeable about.  

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 2/14/18 7:00 AM

3 Things to Keep In Mind When Church Planting In The City

From high costs of living to ever-changing and diverse demographics, planting a church in a big city can be challenging. Having lived in Honolulu, Washington, D.C., New York City, and now Houston, I have always been in awe of how pastors serve their cities and foster close-knit communities in the midst of the hustle and bustle of city life.

Posted by Chelsea Tyson on 2/1/18 7:00 AM

10 Things Millennials Are Looking For In Small Groups

Small groups, life groups, growth groups, home groups… there are many names for this method of connection within the church. Found in most churches today, small groups are a great way for people to engage in biblical community by intentionally gathering regularly for the purpose of joining in God’s mission together. Because this is such an important element in most millennials’ faith, it is crucial that the church makes a real effort to create an environment where its small groups can thrive.

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 1/29/18 7:00 AM

Does Your Church Know Who To Reach?

We are fortunate to serve churches from 70 to 70,000 in size, including around 100 different denominations and tribes. The scope of this work has been a tremendous gift; seeing the diversity and unity of the Church is a beautiful thing. At a fundamental level, it has been a privilege to see that one church cannot reach every person on this earth, but the Church can.

It can be a great comfort to know that the Church is bigger than your church. It can free your church to take responsibility for the ministry you have in front of you, and give responsibility to God and the rest of the body of Christ for the other responsibilities.

Posted by Sam Murray on 1/24/18 7:00 AM

3 Church Staff Positions That Will Become More Common This Year

Walking alongside churches of all sizes provides a unique perspective of how they operate. We get to see how churches work internally, but also get a high-level view of how churches adapt (or fail to adapt) to change.

Posted by David Fantin on 1/22/18 7:00 AM

Building A Better Staff Culture In The New Year

You’ve written your vision and mission statements, relentlessly debated what your core values should be, and have come to the conclusion that you need to build a great staff culture. But what comes next? Building a healthy staff culture must be intentional; you can’t just expect it to happen on its own. While creating a staff culture is not something that can be done overnight, here are 5 things your church can do to start building your staff culture today:

Posted by Jamie Byrd on 1/11/18 7:00 AM

How To Deal With An Unexpected Staff Transition

Staff transition is inevitable in any business or organization, and the church is no exception. There are many reasons for a staff transition (some are rather painful and unpleasant) but what about when a rock star staff member is called to a new position and resigns from your church?  Whether or not you saw it coming, transition can be scary and unsettling. As a church leader, you are called to navigate this transition in a way that honors the staff member, your team, and the church.  

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 1/10/18 7:00 AM

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