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  • When a Pastor Prepares to Leave

    By: Chad Hall, Director of Coaching for Western Seminary
    Life is full of transitions, but perhaps no transition is more difficult to manage than when a pastor considers transitioning to a new place of service. Transitions are best handled through conversation – talking it through with others. But a pastor who is considering (or preparing for) a call to another church has very few people with whom to process the transition. Being a pastor can be rather lonely, but the loneliness is never so profound ...   Read More
  • 8 Ways To Be Excellent In The Workplace

    By: Bob Sutton, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    Recently, I was listening to a sermon where the pastor was speaking about working toward excellence. This pastor preached that we, as Christians, should be known not only for our Love, but also for how we are the hardest working people in our workplace, striving for excellence in all we do. It was new to me, that it might be scriptural that we are hard workers. As it turns out, the Apostle Paul agrees with that pastor (or vice versa - see Colossians ...   Read More
  • Your resume looked great, it made it past the computers that were looking fr keywords and you have now been asked to have a phone interview.  Congratulations!  You are one step closer to getting a face-to-face interview but you must first get through the phone interview.  A phone interview is simply a screening out interview.  Usually it’s done by someone in the human resources department and they are going to ask you some ...   Read More
  • Work, Glorious Work

    By: James Tonkowich
    Mike understood bonds—government bonds, corporate bonds, municiples and the rest. The team that wrote the bond trading software, however, didn’t have a clue. It was Mike’s job to teach the coders about the bond business and he hated it.One day, just before a presentation, Mike said wearily, “Jim, I really don’t believe it’s God’s will for me to be teaching Bonds 101 to a bunch of coders.”Not really ...   Read More
  • Where do the majority of all resumes end up…the trash!  With so many people applying for fewer jobs, managers must sift through resumes quickly and that means if you don’t catch their eye right away your resume will be in the trash.   Here is what’s being shared with those that are going to be interviewing you, the human resource manager.  Below is information targeted to those that are doing the hiring.  ...   Read More
  • How to Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Clout

    By: Whitney Hopler, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer
    Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Jenni Catron’s new book Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence (Thomas Nelson, 2014). God has designed you to influence the world in a way that no one else can. It’s crucial to discover and unleash your God-given influence – your clout – in order to fulfill God’s purposes for your life. Although you may not feel like what you do ...   Read More
  • Dream big! Take a leap of faith! Achieve greatness! The motivational slogans are all around us. Success is ours if we embrace it. Strive for an extraordinary life. After all, we’re not only children of the King, we’re doing the King’s work. We are destined for great things. Or are we? Greatness – in the way it is generally understood - is not extolled in Scripture. Again and again, Jesus explained the way to greatness ...   Read More
  • 4 Questions Successful Leaders Ask Themselves

    By: Jay Mitchell, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    When I was leading classes on non-profits at a prominent west coast business school, I would regularly lead students through a SWOT analysis of one or two non-profit organizations. A SWOT analysis is a simple tool used in businesses to help organize and categorize the present situation: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. You may have used this tool in your own church or organization. What I want to suggest to you is that this tool ...   Read More
  • I felt God drawing me to Isaiah 53 during quiet time today. I’ve read that passage many times and honestly wasn’t very excited about going through the suffering and sorrow and punishment again. I had hoped that God would lead me to something “positive and encouraging”, the kind Christian radio stations promote, minus the blandness. After reading the chapter, I turned to my NIV Matthew Henry Commentary for ...   Read More
  • Here are the 8 reasons most commonly given by human resource people for rejecting applicants.  And please note – none of these include your degree, your GPA or your IQ. By addressing these you can make yourself a top candidate without waiting and without getting any more student loans. 1. LACK OF ENTHUSIASM You don’t have to be a Jimmy Kimmel or a Tigger, but you must express enthusiasm for a job if you don’t ...   Read More
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