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  • 4 Thoughts On Finding a Mentor

    by Ron Edmondson
    I have had many mentors who have invested deeply in my life. I am who I am partly because of the intentionality of others pouring into my life. They have made me a better leader, better husband, father, friend, and person. One of my more recent mentors was a godly businessman who agreed to meet with me periodically. He didn’t even think he had anything to offer me, but as I observed his life and ways I knew he did. He was twenty plus years ...   Read More
  • How Personal Branding Can Help You in Your Church Job Search

    by Katie Bivens, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Recently, I was in conversation with one of my colleagues about the importance of personal branding. He looked at me with a quizzical expression on his face as I described it. This stopped me in my tracks. As a public relations major in college, the concept of personal branding was drilled into my head as I worked my way through my studies. I even took a design class that had an entire month dedicated to the importance of creating a brand ...   Read More
  • 5 Steps to Discern a Change in Ministry Assignment

    by Ron Edmondson
    How do you know when God is closing one door in ministry and opening another? I get this question a lot and have previously addressed it, but recently I have received it more frequently so I decided to update this post. Several times in my ministry, first as a layperson and since then in vocational ministry, God has called me to leave one ministry and begin another. It can be a scary place to face the unknown, yet know that God is up to something ...   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
  • 13 Scriptures to Meditate on When Your Future Is Uncertain

    by Mark Altrogge
    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
  • Beat the Job-Loss Blues

    by Dan Miller
    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
  • 7 Suggestions for Leaving a Job Properly

    by Ron Edmondson
    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
  • 10 Questions to Ask Yourself before Searching for a New Church Job

    by Katie Bivens, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    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
  • 3 People Church Leaders Should Speak To Before Leaving Their Job

    by Milan Ford, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    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