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4 Qualities Of Exceptional Student Pastors

Student pastors have one of the highest turnover rates in churches. Some people consider the role to be an “entry level” point for individuals who are called to full-time ministry, so many candidates are not committed to a long-term position in student ministry. More often though, turnover stems from simply having the wrong person in the role.

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Posted by Phanuel Roxas on 7/24/17 7:00 AM

I’m A Millennial & Just Celebrated 5 Years At Vanderbloemen…Here’s Why

I’m one of those millennials. You know – one of those millennials that job hops and can’t commit to any job for more than a year.

I’m one of those, except that I just celebrated my fifith anniversary – or "Vanderversary" – here at Vanderbloemen last week. 

How am I millennial yet have stayed at one organization for five years?

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Posted by Holly Tate on 7/17/17 7:00 AM

How To Interview For Your Next Pastor

Your search team has prayed, reviewed, and vetted numerous candidates, and it’s now time to begin the crucial interview process.

Here at Vanderbloemen, we walk alongside our clients throughout the process to help see their search to a successful closing. With hundreds of searches under our belt, we know that every church is unique, so there is no one right way to do final interviews. That being said, here are some best interview practices of churches that we’ve seen through the years as they seek who God is calling as their next pastor.

Click here to download our free Pastor Search Prayer Calendar for your search committee

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Posted by Deanna Kotrla on 7/3/17 7:00 AM

6 Traits Employers Look For In Church Job Seekers

At Vanderbloemen, we work with churches of many different sizes, denominations, and staff hiring needs. While each church is unique and looking for something specific in their next hire, we do see a handful of common traits that employers are looking for in every candidate that applies. 

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 6/29/17 7:00 AM

6 Tips To Being An Effective Reference For A Candidate

One of the key elements in the hiring process is reference -checking. The reference check is designed to give a 360-degree view of the candidate.

As our Background Specialist, Gail Mayes, has written on our blog before, "A misconception about conducting church background checks is that they are intended to 'dig up dirt' on a potential hire. This is not the case. The process of conducting church background checks are intended for you to get to know your potential new team member better and gain clarity on whether they would be a good fit for your team or not."

If you find yourself listed as a reference as a former or current employer, supervisor, or manager, there are some steps you can take to be prepared.

If you're a hiring manager who conducts background checks regularly, download our guide to effective ministry reference checks.

Here are 6 helpful tips to help you maneuver the upcoming reference call:

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/22/17 7:04 AM

5 Ways To Be Successful In Your New Job

Beginning a new job brings a variety of emotions: excitement, fear, and everything in between. Not only are you adjusting to the new demands of your job, but you’re also adjusting your personal life to fit those demands. It’s important to expect challenges and be prepared to learn from them as you transition.

Here are five tips to help you succeed when starting a new job.

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Posted by Breanna Canning on 6/19/17 7:00 AM

What To Consider When Using Job Boards

When companies like Monster and Career Builder came onto the scene twenty years ago, hiring managers everywhere rejoiced at the idea of instant access to more candidates, and candidates everywhere rejoiced at the idea of instant access to more jobs. Most of the world thought this innovation would change hiring forever. Fast forward a few decades, and popularity of these job boards is still strong, but hiring hasn’t gotten any easier. Having a larger pool of candidates doesn’t change the fact that you still need to process them thoroughly to make the right hire for your team. 

Job boards aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, so it’s important to understand the pros and cons of using them. Here are 4 things to consider:

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 6/15/17 7:01 AM

6 Ways To Prepare For A Pastoral Transition

It’s inevitable. All pastors will move on at some point. Whether it’s retirement, going to another church, or an unexpected passing away, no one stays at the same place forever. Most pastors love their flock and understand that their calling to shepherd is a weighty responsibility. However, pastors often don’t think the process of pastoral succession is their job.

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/14/17 7:00 AM

Why You Haven’t Been Promoted Yet

Yes, I know. You deserve it. You’ve waited your turn. You’ve been patient. Why won’t they just promote you already?

There are likely many reasons why your boss hasn’t decided to move you up the organizational chart yet. Use this list as a barometer. If you want to be promoted, consider the following things before you ask for your raise.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 6/8/17 7:01 AM

5 People You Shouldn't List As References

Here at Vanderbloemen Search Group, we ask candidates to provide 3-5 references, regardless of the position they’re seeking. We also ask that these references fall into one of these three categories: supervisor, colleague or subordinate.

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 5/25/17 7:01 AM

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