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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
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