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Posted by Brian Dunks on 6/21/18 7:21 AM

Why Emotional Intelligence Is The Best Indicator Of A Successful Hire

As we search the country for the best and brightest leaders of churches and non-profits, we run into a variety of qualified candidates. Many times we find that success isn't clearly spelled out on a resume. Often, the best candidates don’t have the highest level of education or come from the largest organizations.

Rather, they have a high Emotional Intelligence factor. Emotional Intelligence is defined by Travis Bradberry in the book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, as "the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and others, and your ability to use this awareness to manage your behavior and relationships. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions that achieve positive results."

Here are four key attributes to look for in both your current team and in those you plan to hire in the future that will redefine your assessment of a quality candidate.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 6/6/18 7:49 AM

Does Your Church Office Need A Redesign?

A recent Wall Street Journal article suggests that a new workplace concept involving first-come, first-serve group workstations – rather than personal desks or computers – is becoming more prevalent. This structure takes the debate of open concept offices vs. closed office spaces to a new level – and it’s a debate that won’t end anytime soon. As more research is done about the relationship between productivity, employee satisfaction, and office layouts, there is no one right answer. In fact, there is only one consistent answer: it depends. The biggest factor to take into account: your office culture.

If your church is considering modifying your existing office space, consider the benefits and drawbacks of different designs as they relate to your culture. Here are some suggestions to help you choose a design that will bring out the best in your church staff.

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Posted by Ben Homesley on 6/4/18 7:18 AM

4 Helpful Tips on How to Transition From Friend to Boss

Last year, I had the exciting opportunity to transition into a new role here at Vanderbloemen. I not only switched roles but changed teams altogether, and a friend of mine became one of my supervisors.

If not carefully navigated, having your friend turn into your boss can introduce challenges similar to when best friends become roommates. It can be enjoyable and fun at times, but it can also place strain on your relationship and potentially ruin a friendship if you're not careful. 

This is especially true in ministry, as many pastors and church leaders start a church or ministry with their best friends. It's exciting and can work really well, but if not carefully navigated, it can also become challenging and potentially hurtful.

Here are four things you can do to safeguard your friendship and set yourself up for a successful employer/employee relationship.

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Posted by Katie Bivens on 5/24/18 7:05 AM

3 Factors to Keep in Mind When Hiring Millennials

Recently, Millennials surpassed Gen X as the largest portion of the American workforce. This means that inevitably, every workplace will work with Millennials in some capacity, whether as co-workers, clients, or even supervisors. It’s important to note that Millennials have different career objectives, communication styles, and core values than many hiring managers are used to. These differences should be acknowledged and, whenever possible, embraced.

Here are three key factors to keep in mind when interviewing and working with Millennials.

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Posted by Ben Homesley on 5/23/18 7:04 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

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

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

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