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6 Warning Signs You're Risking A Moral Failure – And How To Avoid A Fall
Posted by Jay Mitchell on 9/10/18 7:02 AM

11 Things A Pastor's Kid May Be Thinking – That You May Not Even Realize

I am the daughter of a pastor. I'm also friends with many other pastor’s kids. Once a pastor’s kid, always a pastor’s kid. If you're a pastor's kid, whether your parents are still in ministry or not, people still look at you with a certain standard or even certain stereotypes. 

In his book, The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity, Barnabas Piper speaks of the stereotypes often associated with pastor’s kids. He explains how they are typically left between a rock and a hard place, between being considered rebels or being overly legalistic which leads to identity issues and scrutiny. People tend to (often unfairly) project these expectations on children of pastors.

So how do these expectations compare to what pastor's kids are actually going through? From my experience, here are 11 things you may not know pastor’s kids are thinking about their relationship with their parents.

Posted by Kendal Drinkwine on 8/22/18 7:02 AM

4 Compelling Reasons To Share With Your Congregation About Serving In Children's Ministry

Throughout my 22 years of pastoral work, finding volunteers for children’s ministry was a constant struggle. The Children’s Ministers that served on my staff would spend countless hours recruiting for Sunday morning gatherings, nursery, Vacation Bible School, and other programs. It was an exercise in frustration.

If people understood the impact they could have on kids and the spiritual blessings that would be present in their lives, there would be a waiting list for those wanting to serve. I believe Children’s Ministry is one of the most important areas in the church.

Here are four compelling reasons you can communicate to help you recruit your congregation to serve.

Posted by Brian Dunks on 8/20/18 7:27 AM

Why Staying Centered In God And Family Is The Best Thing For Your Ministry

Ministry is hard work and emotionally, spiritually, and physically taxing. Pastors are burning out and leaving the ministry at an alarming rate; divorce is still a common occurrence among pastors and church leaders; and depression and anxiety among those in ministry are all too common. Far too often, it’s due to putting the needs of the church ahead of the needs of the family.

Pope John Paul II said, "As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live." While God calls all of us to serve our neighbor, the institution of the family is the foundation from which we can summon the strength to help others.

Here are four steps you can take to help prioritize your family so you can better meet their needs, and in the process, better serve others and your church.

Posted by Danny Watterson on 8/13/18 7:03 AM

Why You Need To Consider These 6 Things For Your Next Team Meeting

One of the things I enjoy most about working at Vanderbloemen is the lack of meetings. Yes, I said it correctly: the lack of meetings.

One of our values at Vanderbloemen is Stewardship of Life. This value helps us think differently about what we do with our time. One of the ways we protect our time is by having meetings only when they are needed. Do you have a meeting strategy? How can you ensure your upcoming meetings are not only effective but also add value to your team?

Here are six things to consider the next time you plan a team meeting:

Posted by Tracey Smith on 8/6/18 7:03 AM

[Podcast] Why Your Best Investment Could Be Your Personal Development with Tim Stevens and David Whiting

On today’s Vandercast, Holly Tate talks with Tim Stevens, Vice President of Consulting at Vanderbloemen, and David Whiting, Executive Search Consultant.

Holly, Tim, and David talk about how to take the next step in your leadership development and why your best investment could be your own personal development. 

Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 7/24/18 7:12 AM

15 Summer Reads to Renew, Inspire, and Entertain

Every summer when I was young, my family would pile into our van and head to the beach. It was the highlight of the summer, an opportunity to step away from the normal day-to-day and spend time with family, and inevitably, a good book or two.

It’s the heart of summer, and even if you’ve already taken a trip to the beach, it’s still a perfect time to dive into a new book. We asked our ministry partners and friends to suggest some great summer reads. So whether you’re an avid reader or just looking for a book to pack for the pool or the beach, these summer reads are sure to renew, inspire, and entertain you:

Posted by Kyle Smith on 7/16/18 7:02 AM

6 Lessons For Finding The Best Transitional Leader

I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review about how Private Equity Firms hire CEOs for companies that quickly need to be turned around. It got me thinking about churches in decline and in need of a new pastor to help lead them into a new season of growth.

Here are six lessons churches can learn from businesses and other organizations about finding a new leader to navigate a season of transition.

Posted by Jay Mitchell on 6/28/18 7:05 AM

Why Becoming Is Better Than Being: How Great Leaders Stretch Themselves And Grow

Leadership often feels like being on a lonely planet, especially in ministry. Coworkers are often friends who are also congregants, and it can be delicate to balance these relationships. And when you need to talk through leadership challenges or career advice, it’s difficult to know to whom to turn. As a result, things can sometimes get messy.

In a blog post on loneliness in ministry, Carey Nieuwhof, founding pastor of Connexus Church in Barrie, Ontario, states, “But isolation is a tool used by the enemy. When I isolate myself, I lose touch with reality, cut myself off from relationships that give life, and expose myself to risks that would never happen if I’m in authentic community.”

Posted by Holly Tate on 6/14/18 7:03 AM

How To Be A Peacemaker And Avoid Staff Conflict


Conflict is inevitable. In a fallen world, conflict can and will happen. I served as a Lead Pastor for many years; I will be the first to affirm that the phrase, “No perfect people allowed,” includes church staff, too – even Lead Pastors. So there will, from time to time, be some degree of conflict among staff. The Bible asks, “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1). So how can we, as Christians, deal with conflict?

Posted by Tim Gocha on 5/9/18 8:31 AM

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