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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

5 Reasons To Take A Church Internship

Internships and residencies are becoming very commonplace in ministry, and just like in the corporate world, they offer many lasting benefits. Some internships are unpaid and others only offer a small stipend, but they all offer valuable experience that could aid in your job search.

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Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 10/25/17 7:01 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

What To Do When A Candidate Has Bad Credit

One of the offerings that Vanderbloemen Search Group provides for churches is a comprehensive background, social media and credit check. By providing these services, we are behind hundreds of candidate credit checks per year, good and bad. 

While most candidates have great credit, and some don’t even have a credit card, other candidates have less than perfect credit. This isn't a dealbreaker in the hiring process necessarily, but certainly something worth noting. So what should an organization do when one of its candidates has bad credit?

Here are 5 things to consider. 

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 10/2/17 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

6 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

Chances are, you’ve had a season (or hopefully, many!) where you’ve felt extremely fulfilled in the work that you’re doing. You are encouraged to work hard regardless of the task at hand, knowing and feeling the purpose in your current position. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

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Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 8/10/17 7:00 AM

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