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Posted by Bob Sutton on 12/6/17 7:00 AM

5 Ways To Approach An Upcoming Ministry Transition

As a search specialist at Vanderbloemen Search Group, I have the opportunity to regularly speak with pastors and leaders who are in the midst of some kind of transition. One of the most common transitions I see is church leaders sensing that their time in a particular ministry is coming to an end. This could be children’s ministry, youth ministry, or even outreach; regardless, they feel at peace with the closing of a certain season and are eager to jump into the next.

Through these conversations, I’ve seen some common trends among those who manage this transition well. If you find yourself sensing a transition ahead, below are five pieces of advice to approach it well.

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Posted by Rusty Gates on 12/4/17 7:00 AM

How Gratitude Can Transform Your Interviews

I want to start my article about gratitude in the interview process by telling you how grateful I am. I am grateful for the opportunity to write down these thoughts and that you are reading them. I pray they are beneficial for you. I am grateful to be a part of this team at Vanderbloemen Search Group, a team that collaborates, brainstorms, and dreams together about how to better serve the Kingdom.

Recently, our team had the privilege of coming together and naming some of the “x-factors” that we often hear people talk about in the interview process. One characteristic that came up often was gratitude. Candidates who express gratitude on a regular basis stand out above others.

Generally, job descriptions divide expectations of candidates into two broad categories: competencies/skills or culture fit/character qualities. The “x-factor” topic generally addresses the latter group and is obviously much larger than I can address in this short article. However, I hope to describe general gratitude as one of the “x-factors” that can be implemented by everyone involved in the interview process, and it is more of a choice than an attribute or aptitude.

Whether you're a candidate in the job search process or an interviewer in the hiring process, here are specific ways you can choose gratitude.

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Posted by Sam Murray on 11/22/17 7:00 AM

How To Improve Your Job Satisfaction In Ministry

We’ve all heard the banal platitudes that plague Christian lingo. These well-intended phrases often lose their meaning sometime between the 20th and 60th time we hear them. While these phrases often have good applicable meanings, cliché has robbed their meaning and left us with eye rolls. Here are some of my personal favorites:

When God closes a door, He cracks a window.

God willing and the creek don’t rise.

Let go and let God.

He’ll never give you more than you need.

God answers kneemail, not email.

I will do my best to avoid these phrases and still encourage you. The following words are for those of you that find yourself in a difficult situation at your church. Whether the challenge is a difficult boss, a controlling volunteer, a disengaged student ministry, or any other issue, I hope these words can help you make lemonade out of lemons. Ok, that’s the last cheesy phrase, I promise.

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Posted by Sam Murray on 11/9/17 7:00 AM

How To Avoid "Transplant Shock" In Ministry

I don’t know much about plants (side note: I may have killed a succulent, which apparently, is the easiest thing to keep alive), but I was reading up about “transplant shock” and found it surprisingly relatable to how we sometimes react to a change in environment or circumstance. One piece I read noted that, “transplant shock” isn’t necessarily the result of damaging the plant when moving it from one place to the other. Rather, it’s a direct result of a plant not being able to adapt fast enough to a sudden change of environment. 

Relocating, like change, is an inevitable part of life, especially for those in ministry. The whole process of moving, from discerning when to leave to supporting your family throughout the transition, is a lot to handle, but that’s only half of the battle.

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Posted by Chelsea Tyson on 10/23/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways To Make A Job Transition Easier On Your Spouse

I grew up in the home of an Air Force fighter pilot. Because of my dad’s job, we relocated pretty frequently. I was born overseas, and before I graduated from high school, I had moved 8 or 9 times. Moving is hard. Making new friends is hard. I decided at an early age that when I became an adult, I would pick a place to live, and stay there forever. Then I married a pastor. Life is funny like that.

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Posted by Bailley Hawkins on 10/18/17 7:00 AM

3 Things To Consider Before Hiring A Remote Employee

I’ve had the opportunity to work at Vanderbloemen as an Intern, a remote part-time employee, and now an in-house, full-time employee. While my roles have remained relatively consistent, the setting has varied quite a bit. I’ve concluded that this makes me the perfect guinea pig for a study on in-house vs. virtual employees.

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 10/11/17 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

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

9 Action Steps To Take When You Lose Your Job

Losing a job often comes with a flood of emotions. Depending on the situation, you might feel mad, disheartened, sad, anxious, frustrated, or a plethora of other emotions. Those feelings are completely valid, and it’s important to work through them in your own time. However, it’s likely that you’re going to need to start the job search process sooner or later. 

Here are nine action steps to guide you in the first few weeks after you lose your job.

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Posted by Holly Tate on 8/21/17 7:00 AM

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