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  • Leading a company that produced large events for a solid decade means I’ve spent a lot of time in green rooms with “important” people. They are often places where everyone talks about books they’ve written, companies they’ve launched, money they’ve raised, and awards they’ve received. They keep others at arm’s length, and work hard to create the aura of success. (There are exceptions to the rule, of ...   Read More
  • I remember an especially hard year as a leader. It was so bad several members of our staff had told me where I was letting them down. So much for having an “open door policy”. The next year I closed the door.  Not really, but this was a year where staff members said to me, “I have a problem with you.” They may not have used those exact words, but the point was clear – I can be an idiot at times. There were significant ...   Read More
  • 3 Interview Questions Pastors Must Be Prepared To Answer

    By: Jamie Byrd, Vanderbloemen Search Group
    In my role at Vanderbloemen Search Group, I get the amazing opportunity to talk daily with pastors seeking their next ministry opportunity. Often, what separates good candidates from the great ones is a candidate’s ability to give thoughtful responses to the questions asked of them. A person who is able to answer questions succinctly and articulately comes across as being prepared and having a high interest in the position. Whether ...   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
  • The Primary Cause of Job Burnout The gold standard job burnout assessment is the 22-question Maslach Burnout Inventory  (“MBI”) by University of California, Berkeley psychology professor, Christina Maslach. The MBI surveys three areas: exhaustion, depersonalization and professional efficacy. According to Dr. Maslach, people often think the demands of their jobs are the primary contributors to burnout. Interestingly, she has found ...   Read More
  • 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
  • In all my years of interviewing people and helping people with their resume I continue to see the “general resume” that is sent out as a mass mailer. People use the same resume for every position they apply for with little if any change in how they word it. This method does nothing to make a resume stand out and does everything to have it blend in with all the others and in most cases gets it thrown away never gets them an interview. ...   Read More
  • Pastors toss me this issue regularly.  Somewhere in the archives of our website, I’m sure we’ve dealt with this subject.  However, with over 2,000 articles and no index of these things, I suggest that they google “McKeever + (subject),” and see what comes up. Usually, if I’ve written on the subject, it’ll show up in the results. That said, perhaps it’s time to say a few more things about this. Here’s ...   Read More
  • 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
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