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

Who Pastors the Pastor? 5 Ways to Cope with Personal Grief

Grief is a word that pastors know all too well. Pastors have a unique calling to help others cope during times of loss, conflict, and tragedy. Over my 25 years as a pastor, I’ve been called many times to grieve with individuals and families who have lost a loved one, been through a divorce, or experienced a tragedy. Although I became familiar with loss, heartache, and grief while serving others as a pastor, nothing could have prepared me for the challenges I faced due to personal loss.

Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/7/18 7:09 AM

7 Communication Practices That Will Improve Your Staff Culture

Everyone wants to work at an organization with a great culture. Every leader wants a staff with high morale and a positive culture but often isn’t sure how to create one. Plus, there is often so much work to do that focusing on developing a strong staff culture can feel overwhelming and be pushed to the bottom of the to-do list.

However, culture is important and it might not require as much work as you think it does. The key is intentionality, especially when it comes to staff communication.

Here are seven communication practices that will significantly improve your staff culture.

Posted by David Whiting on 4/23/18 7:08 AM

How To Cultivate A Climate Of Appreciation with General Warner [Podcast]

The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Phanuel Roxas, client relations associate, talks with Brig. Gen. David B. Warner, Executive Director of Officers' Christian Fellowship in Denver, Colorado.

Posted by Kyle Smith on 4/17/18 9:05 AM

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