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Posted by Gail Mayes on 3/28/18 7:00 AM

3 Important Reminders For Evaluating A Job Candidate

As we partner with churches and organizations to help them build their best teams, we often hear similar criteria for potential candidates. The inevitable questions that many churches ask are: How big of an environment did this candidate work in previously?  In our search for quality candidates, is it possible that we’re asking the wrong question? Does the size and scope of a previous ministry matter to this hire?

While scope of work is important, it shouldn’t tell the whole story of a candidate. Instead, the question should be: What is his/her leadership capacity? We’ve seen candidates from smaller churches who could easily handle a much larger scope of work, as well as candidates from larger organizations and aren’t equipped for broader responsibility.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 3/21/18 7:00 AM

Applying For A Job? How To Know If You're A Culture Fit

One of the most difficult parts of searching for a new position is determining whether an organization will be a good culture fit for you (and vice versa). Just because an organization is in the same location, size, or denomination as your previous roles, there’s no guarantee that you will instantly feel at home on the staff team.

Starting a new job will always be difficult, but if the existing culture lines up with your values, work ethic, and interests, the transition will be much smoother.  Here are 6 questions to assess if an organization is a good fit for you.

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Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 3/19/18 7:00 AM

The 5 Potential Troubles Of Applying Directly To A Church

Every time we launch a new search, we will receive an email or two from our client letting us know that they’ve been approached about the position we are helping fill. This shouldn’t surprise me, but I always wonder why individuals try to skip out on the benefit of using an objective third-party in their job search. I’m sure there are several reasons, the most common being that they know someone on staff or want to have a personal connection with the church.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 3/7/18 7:00 AM

9 Questions To Ask When Interviewing An Executive Pastor

From the time I was a teen, I knew I was destined to work at a church. The problem was, I didn’t see any roles that fit me. I didn’t have a drive to preach, so I didn’t want to be a senior pastor. I didn’t like teens even when I was one, and so figured I shouldn’t be a youth pastor. And my musical ability wasn’t awesome, which meant being a worship leader wasn’t in my future.

Then I met an executive pastor, and in a nanosecond I knew that was my destiny. What? I can run a church without having to be the guy in the spotlight? Sign me up.

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Posted by Tim Stevens on 2/8/18 7:00 AM

8 Tips For A Successful Phone Interview

As the world becomes increasingly connected, so do methods of communication. While many organizations still conduct face-to-face interviews, many of them use phone interviews to screen out potential candidates before moving them forward to the final round of in-person interviews. There are also some companies that have completely foregone in-person interviews and have hired people after a phone call.

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Posted by Josh Lai on 1/31/18 7:01 AM

Why Ministry Jobs Are So Difficult To Find

It isn’t your imagination; searching for ministry jobs is typically more difficult than searching for other jobs. There are many reasons why this is the case, the biggest being that the mission of a church is entirely different from the secular workplace.

If you’re currently searching for your next role in ministry and feeling discouraged, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 1/15/18 7:00 AM

How To Assess A Church Job's Compensation

Compensation can be a tricky topic, especially when you’re in ministry. No one enters ministry to get rich (unless he or she wants an unpleasant surprise!), but even pastors have to factor in pay when considering a role.  After all, you still have to feed your family and save for retirement, right? But how do you know if your pay is fair, and how can you navigate a conversation about it in a practical and God-honoring way?

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Posted by Sarah Hogan on 1/3/18 7:00 AM

The 5 Words That Will Ruin Your Resume

There are countless articles that will tell you the latest trends in what to include on your resume. I highly recommend staying up-to-date on what these trends are. After all, your resume is a communication device that will either be compelling or boring to the reader.

If your employment journey does not inspire confidence in who you are and what you can do, then your potential employer or recruiter will likely keep looking for one that does. Just as the words you say during an interview matter, the words you use on your resume matter. Here are some words to avoid at all costs.

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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

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