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Free Template: How To Craft An Effective Job Description
Posted by Katie Viscontini on 9/25/15 7:50 AM

Free Download: The Church Leader's Guide To Personality Assessments

Personality assessments have been around for a long time. They help us better understand how people think, how they act, and what motivates them. In short, assessments can be a great tool for better understanding another person. 

Posted by Bob Sutton on 9/10/15 6:58 AM

Is Your Church Succession-Ready?

Pastoral succession has been a taboo topic for far too long, but the truth is that every pastor is an interim pastor. 

As William Vanderbloemen and Warren Bird state in Next: Pastoral Succession That Works,

"Few ministers consider that truth. Few are eager to admit that their time with their present church will one day end...Planning for that day of succession may be the biggest leadership task a leader and church will ever face. It may also be the most important." 

Posted by Holly Tate on 8/19/15 7:14 AM

Free Template: Congregational Survey For Senior Pastor Searches

If you’re reading this, your church is likely looking for – or preparing to look for – your next Senior Pastor. It’s an exciting, scary, stressful, tiring, and holy time. Once you’ve identified your search team, you must all together decide exactly what kind of candidate you are seeking. You need to uncover and articulate what kind of pastor will best fit your church and serve your congregation.

Posted by Sarah Robins on 8/13/15 5:16 AM

Free Download: 4 Ways Small Churches Can Attract Great Pastoral Candidates

Big churches are getting bigger and going multi-site, and we are seeing attendance numbers that are staggering. Some of the most talented pastoral teams the church has ever seen are being assembled in these large churches, and it’s a wonder to see their creativity and productivity. But where does that leave the small and mid-sized church?

Posted by William Vanderbloemen on 7/30/15 5:39 PM

Why Churches Need Better Pastor Searches [Infographic]

When churches need to hire a new staff member, they rarely know at the outset how much time or money they will end up investing in the search. 

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 7/23/15 1:03 PM

Free Template: Community Needs Assessment For Churches

If churches are to reach those around them with the message of Christ's love, they cannot be isolated from their surrounding community.

Posted by Kate Riney on 7/16/15 11:10 AM

Free Download: Listening Guide For Evaluating Sermon Samples

As you are interviewing and vetting candidates for a Senior Pastor or Teaching Pastor position, at some point you'll have to evaluate your top candidates' sermon samples. But it can be tough to know what exactly to listen for and how to assess a candidate's teaching style.

Posted by Katie Viscontini on 6/25/15 10:09 AM

7 Ways To Maintain Momentum During The Interim Pastor Period

Posted by Katie Viscontini on 6/11/15 9:09 AM

Free Download: 7 Ways To Make A Bad Hire (And How To Avoid It)

Posted by William Vanderbloemen on 5/28/15 3:53 PM

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