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3 Qualities Of Great Candidates You Can't See On A Resume
Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 4/19/17 7:25 AM

9 Characteristics To Look For In Administrative Hires


Posted by Nicole Cochran on 4/13/17 7:11 AM

5 Ways to Ensure New Hires Assimilate Well

You did it! You finally found the right person for your church's vacant position. The days, weeks, and months of resume reviewing and interviews have paid off. However, as important as making the actual hire is, something that is even more crucial is making sure the hire sticks. In addition to a stellar onboarding process, here are a handful of tips to make sure your new hire assimilates onto your team well.

Posted by Katie Bivens on 4/10/17 7:47 AM

Why Not To Hire A Search Firm

A search firm is not the right solution for every search or even every church. Bringing in outside help to fill critical church staffing roles is a serious, intentional choice. We have a unique process tailored to each church’s needs, but at times a church may not be ready or in a position to jump into that process with us.

Here are three reasons you may not want to hire a pastor search firm just yet.

Posted by Sarah Robins on 4/6/17 7:36 AM

5 Tips To Help Your New Employee Join Your Church Staff

Congratulations, you’ve hired a candidate! Bringing a fresh face and perspective onto the team is always an exciting phase. Don’t be fooled, however, the next few months will be critical in determining the long-term success of the candidate. Here are a few things you can do as the leader of your new employee to help onboard them smoothly and ensure a happy and productive future. 

Posted by Danny Watterson on 4/5/17 7:45 AM

What To Do If Your Candidate Gets A Bad Reference

You’ve found a great candidate for your church staff. Your team loves them, your church loves them, and you can’t wait to bring them on board. You do your due diligence and perform reference checks. But what do you do when one of the reference checks has negative things to say about the candidate? It’s always surprising and never something you should sweep under the rug. You have to address it, but where do you start? 

Posted by Sarah Robins on 3/23/17 7:46 AM

4 Ways To Balance The Tensions In Hiring


There is one conversation that I have in almost every consultation with a church or ministry looking to hire. It revolves around helping leaders and search teams understand this truth: You must balance the tension of essentials you need and traits you want in a new hire. Another way to think of it is “must have“ versus “like to have” qualities. The truth of any staff search process is that we all have values we desire in a potential new hire, yet no one single person often can meet all of our expectations.

Posted by Deanna Kotrla on 3/15/17 7:07 AM

5 Ways Church Leaders Can Spot High-Capacity Candidates

Every day, I get to help church leaders in the process of church staffing. And consistently, these leaders want to hire what we call "high-capacity" team members. Dictionary.com defines capacity as “the ability to receive or contain; the power of receiving impressions or knowledge; mental ability; actual ability to perform, yield, or withstand.” Capacity includes natural gifts and abilities, particular skill sets, measured experiences, and passions that rally around a job description and give the candidate every opportunity to succeed.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/8/17 7:41 AM

7 Keys To Onboarding Your Church Staff Successfully

Great team culture is one of the biggest benefits you can offer your church staff. More and more, the culture of a workplace is a deciding factor when qualified candidates decide whether or not to take a job. It’s important to remember that the culture of your church staff changes with every hire you make, making onboarding a crucial part of your staffing process.

Posted by Casey Hampton on 3/6/17 7:49 AM

How To Build Systems For Great Staff Culture with Katie Viscontini [Podcast]


The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Holly talks with Katie Viscontini, Business Development Coordinator and "Culture Queen" here at Vanderbloemen.

Posted by Holly Tate on 2/28/17 9:06 AM

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