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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.

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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.

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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.

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

5 Questions That Will Define Your Church’s Identity

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Posted by Pushpay on 4/16/18 7:00 AM

Why Church Leaders Should Hire Entrepreneurial Staff Members

Entrepreneurs are some of the most unique and effective minds, both in the ministry and secular world. The legendary entrepreneur Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Now, millions of children and families take part in his dream each year.

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Posted by Bob Sutton on 4/12/18 7:00 AM

Paid, Volunteer, Or Both? Best Practices For Managing Your Worship Team

The topic of paid versus volunteer musicians has always been highly debated among the worship community. While most churches deal with this decision at some point, there is no tried-and-true guideline for church leaders to follow. Often, it depends on the context of your church, your ministry philosophy, budget, and sometimes, your access to quality musicians. So where should you start?

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 4/11/18 7:00 AM

Scaling And Maintaining Staff Culture 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 4/10/18 7:00 AM

4 Reasons Why Children’s Pastors Resign

I’ve been a part of and worked with many churches, and I have never met a pastor that says children’s ministry is not an important part of their church. By its nature, children's ministry is the most evangelistic ministry in most churches. Children’s pastors and volunteers work with people every week who have literally never heard about Jesus, and often there are more conversions and baptisms in children's ministry than in any other area of the church.

These are the wins that pastors strive for and love to celebrate, so why are children’s pastors so quick to leave their positions? 

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Posted by Bailley Hawkins on 4/9/18 7:00 AM

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

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