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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 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

How Your Church Can Help With Disaster Relief In Another City

As a resident of Houston, which was truly ravaged by Hurricane Harvey a little over a week ago, I’ve been inundated with concern from friends from out of town, and questions on how best to help. After spending the last week helping with recovery, hearing about friends’ and family’s experiences with disaster relief organizations, making my own observations, and doing a little research, I’ve gained some new perspective on the most effective ways that you can help if you don’t live in the affected area.

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Posted by Sarah Hogan on 9/13/17 7:00 AM

How To Develop A Compelling Vision For Your Organization

In our work as Search Consultants, we spend a lot of time with churches and faith-based organizations learning about their mission, vision, values and organizational culture. 

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Posted by Jay Mitchell on 9/7/17 7:00 AM

10 Things Parents Want To See In Your Children's Ministry

As someone who has worked with many children’s ministries over the years, I felt like I had a good handle on what great children's ministries looked like. However, I will admit that prior to personally fathering children, this self-assessment was a bit overstated.

I can now say with 100% certainty that my expectations changed the day that I put my first child into the children's ministry at our church. After many years of actual experience working with children’s ministries and involving my own kids, I’ve noticed that some church practices have stood out among the rest. Here are some of the biggest takeaways I’ve seen implemented in great children’s ministries.

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Posted by Ben Homesley on 8/31/17 7:00 AM

10 Action Steps For Your Next Staff Member Transition 

Neil Miller is the Church Solutions Manager for KiSSFLOW and a Ministry Partner of Vanderbloemen Search Group. 

It’s always hard to lose someone from your team, even if the decision is mutual. Emotions can flow deeply – from sadness, to anger, to hope for what might be coming next.

But in the midst of all those emotions, you might forget some important steps as you offboard the employee. If you don’t have effective systems in place, you could leave your team open to risk, especially if the transition is a turbulent one. Smart churches have systems in place for when someone transitions off the team to help protect both the church and the individual.

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Posted by Neil Miller on 8/25/17 7:00 AM

What Will It Take To Double Our Attendance?

This is a question I’ve been asked several times—typically by Executive or Senior Pastors who want to know how they can prepare for significant growth. Sometimes it is in context of moving to permanent space—or opening a new building. “We really think it’s possible that we will double in the next couple of years—how can we prepare for the growth?”

During the first 15 years of my role as an Executive Pastor, we doubled (on average) every 3 years. So we were constantly thinking about how to prepare for the next surge of growth.

Here is some of what I told my staff during these seasons of growth:

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 8/24/17 7:00 AM

3 Factors That Keep Millennials Coming Back To Church

You’ve probably heard the statistics about Millennials in the church: 59% of those who have attended church in the past have dropped out at some point, and more and more “regular attenders” identify themselves as those who attend every four to six weeks, rather than the old measure of three times a month.

And yet I am a Millennial who, through some personal battles and my fair share of absent Sundays, found a church that I love and call home. So what did my church do right?

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 8/16/17 7:00 AM

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