Top Trends and Biggest Mistakes in Pastor Searches, featuring William Vanderbloemen

Episode #237
June 28, 2016
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Podcast Episode #237

William Vanderbloemen joins us to talk about the top trends and biggest mistakes he and his company are seeing in pastor searches. Stick around for the end and hear William’s answer to the question “Should a pastor send an unsolicited resume to a church?”

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Why does the business world have a better plan for succession than the church?
  • It’s easier to find a job when you still have a job.
  • The biggest mistake pastors make in the search process is giving up too early.
  • The biggest mistake churches make in looking for a new pastor is having the wrong people on the search committee.
  • Including negativity when trying to reach a positive never works.
  • There’s a huge fear of the unknown that sometimes keeps pastor search committees from making good decisions.
  • Pride and fear are the greatest stumbling blocks to a pastor search committee.
  • The greater part of instruction is being reminded of that which you already know.

About William Vanderbloemen

William has been able to combine over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of Executive Search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston’s oldest congregation.

William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200 company, where he focused on integration of corporate culture and succession planning.

All of these experiences have come together with his pastoral work to form a unique gift for helping churches and ministries connect with the right key people.

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