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Succession Planning

Vanderbloemen Search Group Pastoral Succession and Transition Planning

When it's time for a new pastor, will your church be ready?

We're so passionate about pastoral succession planning, that we literally wrote the book on it.

William Vanderbloemen's book Next: Pastoral Succession That Works has become the textbook on pastoral succession planning.

Every church's succession plan is unique. We handcraft our process to match the specific needs and challenges of your church.

How It Works

Uncovering your DNA

We visit with you in-person to learn everything about you, your church's DNA, and the specific challenges facing your pastoral succession. We will help you understand what's ahead for you and your church as you plan for what's next.


From all of the information we gather, we work with you to distill the key components that we'll use to build your unique succession plan and set your church up for a healthy future. We'll craft a personalized and customized pastoral succession plan according to your church's unique situation.

The Plan

We will craft and present to you a customized pastoral succession plan for you and your church including a timeline, communication strategy, and step-by-step help for what to expect during your transition.


Beyond the plan, we work with you to implement every piece of it: timeline, change management, and compensation packages. We are your trusted advisor to set you and your church up for long-term health.

Ready to get started?

We look forward to talking with you soon