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  • The 6 Most Common Mistakes on a Ministry Resume

    By: William Vanderbloemen, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    In golf, they say that you can never win a tournament on the first day of competition, but you sure can lose it. In baseball, they say that you can’t win in the first inning, but you sure can lose. In interviewing, you probably won’t win a job because of your ministry resume, but you sure can lose it. Resumes are a doorway to the next step in a job search. No more, no less. The longer I review them, the more I see some common stumbling ...   Read More
  • Finding Your Next Job Fast

    By: Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck
    Need to find a new job quickly? In this economy, many people need to find work fast, yet they unwittingly prolong their unemployment. One study found that 95 percent of job seekers make mistakes in their job search that hinder them from securing their next job. The tips in this article will help make sure you are not one of them! Most job-hunting mistakes fall into two categories: (1) unproductive methods of finding job openings, and (2) ineffective ...   Read More
  • How to Ask Your Boss for Help

    By: Bob Sutton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    One of the jobs of a great church leader is to get the most out of their employees by encouraging and empowering them to achieve bigger and better things. As someone who has worked under both great and not-so-great leaders, I realize this is a challenging thing to do. There is a constant dance: trying to challenge your staff without overworking them.  For several years in my career I worked under bosses who wanted more but did nothing ...   Read More
  • How To Maintain Church Job Satisfaction After The “Honeymoon Phase”

    By: Katie Viscontini, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    I recently came back from my honeymoon, and boy, was it a rude awakening to be back in the real world. Marriage is the easiest it will ever be on your honeymoon, and when the honeymoon’s over and you’re back to the daily grind, you can find yourself in a bit of a rut. So it is with the other “honeymoon phases” of life - the honeymoon phase of your walk with Jesus, the honeymoon phase with a new car or house, the honeymoon ...   Read More
  • At one time or another, all of us will face times of uncertainty. Maybe you graduated from college and have no idea what you will do this coming January. Perhaps you just lost your job. Or you’ve just moved to a new area where you know no one. Maybe you’ve just started a new job and feel overwhelmed at the challenges that loom before you. Maybe you’re single and wonder if you’ll ever get married. Your life may even be ...   Read More
  • 4 Vital Considerations When Contemplating a Church Job Change

    By: Sam Murray, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    If you are experiencing tensions in your current ministry role or hearing promptings to explore the possibility of leaving your church job, this blog post is for you. Everyone has at one point in their life had to discern if God was leading them into a season of transition. But there are also times when God calls us to remain where we are. Is an external or circumstantial change the remedy you truly need? As you ask these questions about whether ...   Read More
  • No matter how it happens, a job loss is painful.  Maybe you were caught up in a corporate downsizing, and it’s nothing personal.  Maybe it was personal; your boss was an insensitive jerk who didn’t recognize your talent.  Either way, it’s easy to start questioning your self-worth at such a time.  You may wonder if you’ll end up homeless, never to contribute in a meaningful way to civilization again.  ...   Read More
  • Do You Have a “Difficult to Appreciate” Co-Worker? Let’s be honest, some people are more difficult to work with than others. There are weird people; angry, irritable colleagues; and people we just don’t understand. And appreciating these individuals can be even more challenging. Let me share a few tips on communicating appreciation to a “difficult” colleague: Don’t try to fake it. Whatever ...   Read More
  • “Do You Love Me?” (John 21:17). Several questions come to mind as we read this passage (John 21:15-17): Why did Jesus ask Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Because Peter denied him three times. Why did he do this publicly? Because Peter denied him publicly. The other disciples needed to hear Peter openly declare his love for Christ. Without hearing those words, the doubts would linger forever. The man who had been so ...   Read More
  • One of the most common questions I receive from others in ministry is about discerning whether to leave a ministry position. I’ve written about this subject a number of times, because I know all of us deal with it at some point in our journey. The question which should follow close behind, but I rarely receive, is how to actually leave a position well. I am grateful when I receive it. Here’s one I received not long ago. I’ve omitted ...   Read More
  • Looking for a new church job can be an exciting time in a job seeker’s life. Unfortunately, it can also be a little difficult as you determine where to transition next. While it can be easy to get caught up in daydreaming about where you’ll land in this next season of ministry, it is vitally important to understand why you’re looking for a new church job. Understanding your motive behind searching for a new role will be beneficial ...   Read More
  • Confidence on the Crooked Road In God’s metanarrative of grace, there is a world of difference between certainty and confidence. Certainty means I know what will happen next, and I don’t. I might have an idea and make my plans accordingly, but the truth is I really do not know what is coming next. Some seasons of my life I’m even more aware of these uncertainties than others. But confidence means I trust what will happen ...   Read More
  • I want to be bold. I want to live a life that makes a difference and one where people don’t have to wonder who I really am or what I believe. I think that’s good. Right? Lately, as I study the scriptures, I have been encouraged by the boldness of Jesus and his followers. Interestingly, what is standing out to me is what boldness is not. As a personality expert, I spend an abnormal amount of time analyzing my personality type and it ...   Read More
  • How to Have Joy on the Job

    By: Mike Slaughter
    We know from the account of the earliest days in the garden of Eden that God designed us for work, for laboring and producing fruits from what God has provided via creation. Genesis 2:15 notes, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Psalm 128:2 assures us that we “will eat the fruit of our labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes ...   Read More
  • Don’t Just Do Something… Stand There! Some years back, I was meeting with my accountability group at Panera, as was the normal Monday morning ritual. While we were talking, we heard a muffled crash followed by a loud "thump!" We looked over and a man who was likely in his mid-60s had tripped and fallen, knocking his head against the metal frame of the commercial grade windows. As some people rushed to the man's assistance, I blurted ...   Read More
  • Leadership is a thriving business. It has been for decades, despite its very meager return on investment. Over 300,000 books have been written on leadership, but where are all the great leaders?  A startling 86% of global respondents to the Survey on the Global Agenda agree that we have a worldwide leadership crisis. A poll conducted by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University shows that 70% of Americans blame leadership crisis ...   Read More
  • Over the past year and a half, I have been knee-deep in Peter G. Northouse’s book, Leadership: Theory and Practice. One of the chapters of this book deals with what Northouse calls a "contingency theory" behind great organizational leadership. He states that "effective leadership is often contingent on matching a leader’s style to the right setting." Regardless of an individual’s personal character traits, acquired skills, competencies, ...   Read More
  • As a writer who makes her living by sending off proposals and waiting for responses from editors, publishers and agents, I know what it is to wait. As a mother of a young child who feels her own dreams and aspirations are so far on the back burner that the gas has almost gone out, I know what it is to wait. As a church member, yearning to see growth and the fruit of outreach into the community, I know what it is to wait. As a child of God who is ...   Read More
  • "Dear Deborah, I’m a single person in my mid-fifties. I have a lot of credit card debt. Even though I have a good income as a Registered Nurse, I’m finding it hard to pay down on the balances. I live in a high-tax state and the cost-of-living is higher here. I am not a homeowner. An even bigger concern is that my employer has announced the closing of our workplace and all our jobs will be terminated later this year. I have some money ...   Read More
  • 7 Job Hunting Tips For 2016

    By: Bob Sutton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    It's a new year, and that means throwing out last year’s playbook and coming up with a new plan. Whether you are just entering the ministry job market, or you’ve been considering making a transition for a while, there are some basic tactics you can use to maximize your church job search and land that perfect next opportunity. Here are our ministry job hunting tips for 2016: 1. Build your best resume. Never in the history of the world ...   Read More
  • For many Christians, being unemployed is just embarrassing. Suddenly, we find ourselves without a job. We are, perhaps without success, seeking employment.  But we can't help asking ourselves, "What are people thinking about my being out of work?  Do they think I'm lazy, no good, or just a freeloader?"  No doubt, being without a job can be embarrassing even within our own families. We all have heard of, or perhaps even met, people ...   Read More
  • I am amazed at how little time many leaders spend thinking about their legacy. It seldom enters their mind as to what they will pass forward or transition to the next organization and the people they serve and influence. Legacy is determined neither by one’s age nor the years they have served an organization. Legacy represents the foundational core from which everything else flows over the course of time; wisdom, values, industry knowledge, ...   Read More
  • Use this secret as you prepare for an interview and I promise you will stand out head and shoulders above the other candidates interviewing. I can say this because I have practiced this myself and have taught others this little know secret with great results. I have even written about it in my two books, Graduate With A Job and Promoting Yourself. THE SECRET: Make contact with a customer of the company you will be interviewing with and find out ...   Read More
  • Use this secret as you prepare for an interview and I promise you will stand out head and shoulders above the other candidates interviewing. I can say this because I have practiced this myself and have taught others this little know secret with great results. I have even written about it in my two books, Graduate With A Job and Promoting Yourself. THE SECRET: Make contact with a customer of the company you will be interviewing with and find out ...   Read More
  • How to Be Confident in God

    By: Crawford W. Loritts Jr.
    Mark Twain once quipped, “All you need in life is ignorance and confidence, and success is sure.” There is a bit of truth in that statement. When you either don’t care about failing or don’t know that you can fail, you typically put your head down and keep plowing ahead. Do you remember Melanie Oudin? In 2009, the teenage sensation from Marietta, Georgia, took England’s Wimbledon tennis tournament by storm. Virtually ...   Read More
  • 8 Tips for Surviving Ministry

    By: Dr. Roger Barrier
    1. Get rid of your messiah complex. Behind the orange couch in our living room was as good a place as any to have a nervous break down. I called up our head counselor and said, “It’s Saturday night and I am hiding behind the couch crying. This is not normal, is it?” “No,” he replied. “I’ve seen this coming for a long time and I’ve already made arrangements for you to talk to a Christian counselor. ...   Read More
  • 7 Habits of Good Leaders

    By: Jeremie Kubicek, Stanley J. Ward
    Books that start with the author dying are rare (if not downright impossible to write, for obvious reasons) yet Jeremie Kubicek’s Leadership Is Dead does just that… almost. Kubicek starts with a near-death experience that changed his life: a car accident in the middle of a hurricane landfall. The book’s structure is fairly straightforward. Chapters one through four provide context and theory, and then chapters five through ...   Read More
  • We live in a world surrounded by “over-the-top” talented and gifted people. Sometimes this reality can cause us to experience feelings of inadequacy, moments of insecurity and questions of what good enough really means and does what we have to give really matter. The answer to all is a resounding Yes. God gave you the talents and gifts you possess with purpose in mind. Have you ever noticed the joy and satisfaction that well-up from ...   Read More
  • Develop Where You Are

    By: Ron Edmondson
    I’ve seen so many potentially great leaders waste opportunities because they were waiting for the perfect scenario before they begin to develop as a leader. They don’t enjoy where they are currently in life or work — so they think there is nothing to be gained where they are now. They aren’t in their dream job — so they don’t look for the benefits of being in the present situation. They don’t respect the ...   Read More
  • Sometimes it is real, other times it's imagined, but the feeling of failure is acute. Disappointment in one's self is heart breaking and soul damaging. Paralyzing to the very core. But as the saying goes, failure is not fatal. Nor is it defining. You are not a failure. You're not. You're an overcomer. No matter how many times you have missed the mark, or how great the fall, failure is not your destination. So pick yourself up and let these thoughts ...   Read More
  • In his book The Millionaire Mind, Thomas J. Stanley asked 733 millionaires to rank 30 factors which led to their success.  The number one attribute, “being honest with all people,” tells volumes about the importance of integrity in the workplace: it is more than living out good moral principles – it is also critical for succeeding in the business world. Corporate Integrity: It Starts at the Top I used to be affiliated with ...   Read More
  • Christ is on his last pilgrimage, Luke 10:1-20 recounts. He is on his way to the cross. He chooses 70 of his followers who were zealous, intense and enthusiastic about his purpose for coming into the world. He then sends them into Judea to places where he would come on his way to Jerusalem. These are not the same as the 12 apostles. Their assignment is a temporary one. No names are given. They were anonymous disciples, but they covered a large territory ...   Read More
  • Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Steven Garber’s new book Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good (IVP Books, 2014). The work you do every day isn’t meant just for your own benefit; it’s for the common good of everyone in the world. No matter what type of work you do – from caring for your children or running a business at home, to serving at an organization in any professional ...   Read More
  • One-third of our lives, at a minimum, we spend focused on building our careers. Whether you own a company, work for an employer, or spend your time and energy as a creative, numerous hours accumulate as you manage and balance the stresses of your career. The Bible clearly spells out best how to successfully fill this role.  “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15). ...   Read More
  • 4 Common Lies We Believe About Looking For A New Job

    By: Sarah Newsome, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    The decision to begin the search for a new job can be a difficult one. Whether you love your current position or have struggled with serving where you are, that season can be fraught with many conflicting emotions. Trust me, I know—I’ve been there. But perhaps you realize that, in spite of the challenges of looking for a new ministry role, it’s the right time. You’ve sensed God stirring something in you, you’ve prayed ...   Read More
  • You have a dream in your heart. You fully believe God put it there himself, and you’ll stop at nothing to work towards this dream. You determine in your spirit to work hard, keep your eye on the goal, even doing something every day that will make what seems so out of grasp, a reality for which you’ve longed. Enter on the scene – a dream killer. You share it with someone you trust, hoping to hear their wise thoughts and encouragement. ...   Read More
  • I serve on the board of a local youth leadership program. These students are the top of their class, so the entry is competitive. Part of qualifying process is an interview with board members — most who are seasoned business and community leaders. I am always reminded in the process how interviewing, as critical as it is to acquiring a position, is not something everyone knows how to do — regardless of their other accomplishments. I’ve ...   Read More
  • Where are you right now? Do you know your purpose? Do you believe you’re doing what you’re called to do? Or are you still in a place of waiting? These are all questions geared to examine where you are in this season of your life. Things are wrapping up in the world around us and we really need to be walking in our purpose or walking towards it by the time Jesus Christ comes back again. It’s time to get serious and prepare yourself ...   Read More
  • 7 Stories to Help Win the Job of Your Dreams

    By: Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck
    Today's interviews are often competency-based, "behavioral" interviews. Employers want to know how you have behaved in specific situations so that they can evaluate not only how well you could do the job, but how you would fit into the work team and corporate culture. The best preparation for a behavioral interview is developing personal stories that illustrate past accomplishments. Ultimately, the bottom-line question that employers need you to ...   Read More
  • Interviewing for a New Job?

    By: Jennifer Maggio
    In today's world, the job market has become ever-so competitive. It is crucial that those who are actively seeking employment know how to do the "little things" well. What can you do to set you apart? How will potential employers remember you? How do you get started, if you haven't job searched in many years? Here are a few tips to get you started: Show up on time for your interview. This actually means to show up 15 minutes early. Trust me. You ...   Read More
  • If you haven’t figured it out yet let me encourage you to see something that will greatly help you. Not all of your ideas are good. Some of them are bad. And God will often let you flail and fail out there for very good purposes. And when you fail do not lose the opportunity to find grace in the midst of it. I believe this is especially important for pastors to understand. It’s one of the most important lessons I have learned in 16 years ...   Read More
  • Job-Seekers: Is The Grass Really Greener?

    By: Danny Watterson, Vanderbloemen
    I’ve heard it said many times, “The hardest decisions in life aren’t made between what’s good and bad but rather between what’s good and what’s best.”  A life spent serving in ministry is really no different. It’s all good. Giving your life for Kingdom work no matter the trials, obstacles, or red-tape you may be facing in your current role is indeed, all good. We are told in James ...   Read More
  • 4 Questions To Lead You To Your Dream Job

    By: William Vanderbloemen, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Over the years, I’ve spent over 10,000 hours helping churches and companies find their key staff members. That includes a lot of time interfacing with candidates who are considering a job change. During that time, I’ve been consistently asked what to look for in a next career move. Most people don’t know exactly what to look for. In survey after survey, around half of all Americans say that they are unhappy with their job. In a ...   Read More
  • Years ago in a company I owned, there was a young man who worked for me who had tremendous potential. I believed in him so much that I personally invested in him and paid special attention to him. I thought his future with our company was worth the extra time. Sadly, he never measured up to my expectations and we ended up having to part ways.Every time I would meet with him to “encourage” him, he would say the same thing.“I’m ...   Read More
  • 3 Temptations That Can Trick You Into Taking The Wrong Job

    By: William Vanderbloemen, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    "Good is the enemy of great." Jim Collins’ words ring true in business, but also in choosing a job. People pick a job because it seems like a good choice, only to find themselves unfulfilled and wanting. Survey after survey reveals that over half of the US workforce is not happy with their job. Even vocations that are grounded in “purpose” are not immune to this trend. In a recent study we commissioned of high growth churches and ...   Read More
  • Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Robert J. Morgan's new book Mastering Life Before It’s Too Late: 10 Biblical Strategies for a Lifetime of Purpose (Howard Books, 2015). God has planned for you to fulfill important purposes during your lifetime, and you don’t know how long you have to do so. Each new day is a valuable opportunity from God to do more of the work he has uniquely called you to do ...   Read More
  • Why God Closes Doors

    By: Sarah Martin
    I sat with my computer on my lap and Google at my fingertips. Surely this search would come up fruitful and all of my heart troubles would be alleviated by one confirmation from the ever knowledgeable, all knowing search engine. I typed in this phrase into the little box with the eyeglass... When God shuts a door, He opens a window. After years of seeing this phrase on those cutesy little posters with kittens perched on windows, I was for sure ...   Read More
  • Just because an opportunity presents itself, and it looks appealing, doesn't necessarily mean it is from God. And likewise, just because an open door looks a little uncertain, doesn't mean you shouldn't walk through it. The key is knowing how to discern if an opportunity is really an open door from God. I don't want to miss those open doors because I was afraid to walk through them. But I also don't want to take every opportunity that comes along, ...   Read More
  • How to Spot a Bad Church Staff Opportunity

    By: Bob Sutton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    “…Know when to walk away, and know when to run.”  - The Gambler by Kenny Rogers Let’s face it, not all church staff opportunities are worth taking. Have you ever noticed that certain fast food places always have a "Help Wanted" sign in the window? That should be some indicator that the problem isn’t with the employee but with the employer. Here are a few warning signs that might help you avoid taking a position ...   Read More
  • 5 Ways to Make the Most of Unemployment

    By: Rusty Gates, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Whether it is planned or unexpected, unemployment of any kind can lead to a difficult season of life. The pressure to pay bills and support a family along with the uncertainty of the job search process can make anyone lose a few hairs. But this time doesn’t have to feel like it's time wasted; rather, it can be a time of transformation and preparation for what is coming next. Arnold van Gennep, a French ethnographer (studier ...   Read More
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