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2 Essential Qualities Of Executive Pastor Candidates

The role of the Executive Pastor is growing to be an important position in mid-to-large sized churches. In fact, executive pastors often are the second most important role to hire for, aside from the senior or lead pastor.

What is unique about this role, however, is that churches may not need to hire for it until they are growing and expanding in a way that an executive pastor would be able to build upon. Many churches may not know exactly what an executive pastor does, so interviewing for the position can become difficult.

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Posted by Meredith Mohr on 4/5/18 7:00 AM

3 Keys To Building The Leaders Of Tomorrow


Generational leadership is a big part of the Church. Leaders with experience should always be looking for opportunities to reach back and share with the generations coming up after them. This is the easiest way to develop the next generation of leaders while pouring into the future of the local church and the Kingdom.

Here are 3 of the most important principles to remember when training up the next generation of leaders for your church.

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Posted by David Fantin on 4/4/18 7:00 AM

Driving Culture Into The Lifecycle Of The Employee with William Vanderbloemen [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, Holly talks with William Vanderbloemen, Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group and author of Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 4/3/18 7:00 AM

How To Properly Interview An Internal Candidate

One of the more common conversations we have with churches is about how they should deal with an internal candidate. Sometimes it’s a potential successor for their Senior Pastor transition, but other times it’s moving an associate into a director-level role. Whatever the transition, internal candidates can be tricky and emotional waters to navigate.

Should you find yourself in this situation, it’s important that you handle it with care. There is not only a job at stake, but a relationship to consider as well. We’ve walked alongside several churches as they navigate this situation and below is our best advice for doing this well.

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Posted by Sarah Robins on 4/2/18 7:00 AM

Staff Values: Why They Work And How To Create Them with William Vanderbloemen [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, Holly talks with William Vanderbloemen, Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group and author of Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 3/27/18 7:00 AM

Why Culture Will Win In The Next 10 Years with William Vanderbloemen [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, Holly talks with William Vanderbloemen, Founder of Vanderbloemen Search Group and author of Culture Wins: The Roadmap to an Irresistible Workplace

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 3/20/18 8:18 AM

What To Do If Your Church Doesn’t Offer A 401(k)

Before I joined Vanderbloemen, I wrote for a trade publication covering the 401(k) industry. During my time there, one phrase was brought up a lot – “retirement saving crisis.” Many people don’t like to think about growing old and retiring. As a result, they don’t save for retirement. In fact, a 2015 survey of more than 4,000 pastors found 33 percent had less than $10,000 saved for retirement and 92 percent listed insufficient retirement savings as one of their main financial concerns.

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Posted by Chelsea Tyson on 3/14/18 7:00 AM

Why Community Is Essential To The Advancement Of Your Ministry with Rusty George [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, William talks with Rusty George, Lead Pastor of Real Life Church in Valencia, California. 

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 3/13/18 7:00 AM

6 Strategies To Find And Maintain Balance In Ministry

Church leaders often feel the tension of loving the church, desiring to serve faithfully, and balancing their responsibilities with family and the other demands of life. Maintaining a balanced life can be a constant struggle. Even the most successful pastors have battled in the arena of busyness and succumb to a sense of guilt that no matter how much they do it is never enough.

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Posted by Brian Dunks on 3/12/18 7:00 AM

How To "Fire" A Church Volunteer

No matter the situation, firing someone is a difficult and sometimes an uncomfortable thing to do. Firing someone who is volunteering their time can be even worse. We often tolerate in volunteers what we would not tolerate in an employee because the volunteer is not getting paid. Oftentimes it feels like it would be easier to just keep them on the team rather than have a difficult and potentially awkward conversation.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 3/8/18 7:00 AM

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