VanderNews: July 7th, 2020

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This week's newsletter features advice for reopening your church and the importance of succession planning. See what thought leaders are saying in our new materials on Pastoral Transition and our brand new Ultimate Guide to Church CommunicationsWe also had a discussion that you won't want to miss with 4 Executive Pastors whose churches have reopened and 2 of those churches have since closed in-person gatherings. Catch that conversation featured below.

Don't miss out on our free upcoming Vanderbloemen Network LIVE webinars this month to hear how top Christian leaders are navigating tough ministry decisions through this pandemic.

  • [JULY 14 | 1 pm CDT] The Vanderbloemen Network Live: Connections & Discipleship: Bridging the Gap Between Online & Offline As a church leader, one of the top motivations to reopen is for the sake of connection and community. But is it safe for your church to reopen yet? To help navigate ways to create environments of fellowship and connection while maintaining safety, we are bringing together a panel of top church leaders to answer your questions.

  • [JULY 21 | 1 pm CDT] The Vanderbloemen Network Live: Church Communications: Effective Strategies Online & Offline To help you determine the best ways to effectively communicate with your church body through continuous change, join us to hear top church communications experts answer your questions and shed light into communication strategies during uncertain times.

  • [JULY 28 |  1 pm CDT] The Vanderbloemen Network Live: Student & Family Ministry: Planning for the Fall Semester The fall semester is quickly approaching and raising even more questions for church leaders. Join us to hear what student and family ministry leaders are preparing to maintain connections despite social distancing.

Keep up with more upcoming live events here.

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So much of a good succession rises and falls on setting expectations before the process ever begins. Here are 3 focal points for you to consider while setting expectations for your church, the outgoing pastor, and the incoming pastor for a smooth transition. Start the conversation now. Succession isn’t a hypothetical. It’s a reality, and it’s closer than you think.

We interviewed four pastors on their tips for reopening church in the midst of uncertainty and continuous change. From managing the array of opinions on reopening to the best practices for staying safe when you do open your doors, the advice from this discussion will help you navigate these tough decisions. They shared what they wish they had known going into reopening their church.

Podcast | How God Built This with Mark Batterson, Pastor of National Community Church

How God Built This - Mark Batterson

In our latest podcast, our Founder & CEO, William Vanderbloemen talks with Pastor Mark Batterson, founding and lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the D.C. Metro Area. Catch their conversation for tips on starting a new church and Mark's advice to his younger self.

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