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5 Reasons To Offer An Internship Program At Your Church

I’ve had a deep passion for serving the church from a relatively young age and was fortunate enough to have great leaders invest in me early on. Perhaps the most beneficial experience at the very beginning of my ministerial journey was a pastoral internship I received in college.

Posted by Rusty Gates on 8/3/17 7:02 AM

4 Ideas About Introverts To Keep In Mind On Your Church Staff

I am a loud and proud introvert (okay, not really loud per se). Recently I read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, and if I were actually loud, I would shout about this book from the rooftops.

In my opinion, everyone should read this book, introverts and extroverts alike. It goes through many studies and theories examining and discussing introversion at its core, laying out ideas on how to tell from an early age whether a child is an introvert or extrovert, as well as the way culture can shape this trait.

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 8/2/17 7:00 AM

3 Actions To Take Before Sending A Text Or Email

Over the past decade, we have seen several significant changes to the way we do ministry due to the advancement of technology. Among all these technological advancements, perhaps the changes that have best helped pastors be more efficient is email and text. Our communication is almost instantaneous. Some of us can still remember when we had to sit down to hand write a letter, only to wait two or three days before it would reach the other person. 

Posted by Tracey Smith on 7/26/17 7:01 AM

5 Steps To Implement New Systems For Your Team

One of our core values here at Vanderbloemen is constant improvement. We try to bring this into every aspect of our work, always looking for new ideas, new technology, and new systems that can help us serve our churches better.

There are churches on both ends of the system spectrum. Some churches are fast moving and make changes too quickly that the systems and processes aren't in place to support the new changes. Important details fall through the cracks and leave people scrambling and stressed out to fill in the gaps.

Other churches are afraid to make changes because they've been doing things the same way for many years, so they don't reach their full potential as a ministry because of their fear of change. Whatever your church’s vision, mission, or ministry looks like, there is always room to improve and make your processes and systems better.

Here are five steps to take to help implement a new system on your team:

Posted by Nicole Cochran on 7/19/17 7:00 AM

9 Ways To Develop And Empower Leaders Through Delegation

As pastors and leaders in the church, one of our biggest callings is to build up the people of the church, encouraging and challenging them to walk farther down the path of faith. One of the best ways we can do this is by bringing church members into the heart of ministry and empowering them to live as the hands and feet of Christ.

By inviting people into our ministry and delegating responsibilities, we not only increase the work of the church, but also build up our people.

Below are nine steps to raise up leaders through delegation.

Posted by Rusty Gates on 7/12/17 7:02 AM

5 Fool-Proof Steps To Ensure A Healthy Working Environment

As more and more millennials enter the work force, a healthy work environment is higher and higher on the list of things employers are thinking about. As a leader, you want to ensure you’re creating the best possible space for your team to work well and effectively, and sometimes it’s hard to know why that isn’t happening. Below I’ve listed 5 things you can do to help ensure your culture is healthy.

Posted by Casey Hampton on 7/6/17 7:00 AM

3 Ways For Church Leaders To Maximize The Waiting Period

Growing up, we often played a game called Red Light - Green Light. I called it the Waiting Game. Essentially, the first person to reach the finish line won. When the caller said “green light, everyone would run as quickly forward as possible, but when they yelled red light,” everyone would have to stop in their tracks.

We would be eliminated from the game if we moved forward while “red light” was called, so usually we would be on the tips of our toes falling forward in anticipation of the ability to move forward. So often we are in that same position in our ministry journey: we must wait until we get the green light, which can be utterly frustrating. So how do we wait well?

Posted by Jennifer Winge on 7/5/17 7:01 AM

11 Reasons Every Church Leader Needs A Coach

Coaching can take on many different forms. You can have a personal coach, online coaching, group coaching (like our Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor Coaching Networks), and coaching as a form of counseling. Regardless of what it looks like, it is vitally important that leaders have someone to walk alongside in their ministry journey. Below I’ve listed some reasons why you should consider getting a coach.

Posted by Kendal Drinkwine on 6/28/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways To Create Great Staff Culture For Both Introverts And Extroverts

Having a well-balanced and diverse staff is very important, especially when it comes to personality types. Introverts and extroverts each bring unique qualities that can work beautifully together in a workplace. However, each thrive in different physical spaces, communicate differently, and will have different preferences for how meetings are run.

Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 6/26/17 7:04 AM

4 Ways To Move Beyond Stagnation In A Ministry Role

Repetition can often create stagnation within ministry . I have noticed that the longer I have served in a ministry role, what first seemed exciting can lose its luster after a few months or years. It is not that I have lost my passion for ministry, but what seemed to excite me in a specific role doesn't anymore. Throughout my ministry experience, I’ve noticed four things that helped me continue to find joy in my current ministry role.

Posted by Jeremiah Ravindranath on 6/21/17 7:05 AM

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