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3 Questions To Ask Before Letting Someone Go

There’s nothing quite like finding a new hire that’s a perfect fit for your team. Everyone loves making a good hire! But what happens when you realize your employment relationship with someone on your staff needs to come to an end?

Letting someone go is not easy, but sometimes necessary. There are some questions you can ask before, during, and after to make sure you are terminating in the most effective way you can.

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Posted by Bailley Hawkins on 9/14/17 7:00 AM

4 Action Steps For Your First Day On The Job

In our work with churches and organizations, we hear too many unfortunate stories of new hires that fail to last longer than a few weeks on staff. This is often because the new hire has neglected to lean into the church's culture or be proactive in the first couple of weeks. 

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Posted by Tracey Smith on 9/11/17 7:00 AM

5 Easy Tips For Improving Your Interview Process

We have the great privilege of interviewing candidates every day and hearing how different churches approach their own personal interviewing process. I want to share a few easily applied tips that have impressed me along the way. This is not a comprehensive list of best interview practices, but I hope these few ideas help improve your ministry's interview process.

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Posted by Sam Murray on 8/28/17 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

The Do’s And Don’ts Of An Onsite Interview

Interviewing for a new ministry position is exciting, but it can also be a nerve-wracking and stressful situation for some, especially those final onsite interviews at a church. Meeting new people, having to answer the same questions multiple times, and trying to be “on” around everyone you encounter during the process can be draining to say the least. 

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 8/23/17 7:00 AM

6 Ways To Gracefully Realign Your Church Staff Team

Many organizations undergo seasons where staff realignment is necessary for growth. A church is no different. This need often stems from clear stagnation or a sudden vacancy on staff.

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Posted by Jennifer Winge on 8/7/17 7:00 AM

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.

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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.

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

What To Consider Before Saying "Yes" To A Job Offer

There is probably nothing more exciting to a job seeker than getting “the call.” You know the call I’m talking about: the call from the company you've been tirelessly applying to, interviewing for, and obsessing over for the last several weeks, and maybe even months. This is the long-awaited call where you’re offered a job!

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new offer, especially if the job has been in your sights for a while. Before you accept it, ensure this is the right next step for you by doing your research and spending time in reflection. Consider these four things (if you haven’t already).

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 7/31/17 7:00 AM

4 Tips For A Better Church Job Search

Even in a vocation like ministry (which is more of a calling than mere employment), the job search can be frustrating, confusing, and exhausting. I’ve not only personally experienced how soul-draining it can be to send out hundreds of resumes, seemingly into the void, but I’ve also encountered many pastors going through the same, sometimes-defeating process. Along the way, I’ve learned a few things that would have made my own job search much easier.

Here are 4 tips to keep you motivated and encouraged in your job search:

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Posted by Sarah Hogan on 7/27/17 7:02 AM

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