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Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast
28 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Building Christ-like Habits With Steve Poe
In today’s podcast conversation, Pastor Steve Poe discusses the importance of recognizing the power that habits have in our lives. He shares how to form good habits that act as spiritual disciplines making us more like Christ, and why we must break bad habits that are destructive, causing us to stumble. Steve’s argument is rooted in biblical truth and he provides examples of how Jesus used habits to worship and honor God, as Christians are called to live. https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/christ-like-habits-podcast
23 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Christianity and Mental Health Challenges With Chris Hodges
Pastor Chris Hodges discusses the scripture and scientific research that supports his new book about being a Christ-follower and struggling with mental health and depression. He explains liberating solutions for getting out of the cave by drawing on the Life of the prophet Elijah. Chris focuses this valuable conversation around Bible-based wisdom, practical application, and being vulnerable in sharing his personal struggles.
33 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Addressing Mental Health and Inheriting Influence with Tyler Reagin
Tyler Reagin is the founder and CEO of The Life Giving Company, founder of the 10TenProject, and author of The Life Giving Leader and Leading Things You Didn’t Start. Tyler began ministry in service programming and production before moving into creative directing, leadership coaching, and consulting roles. Within a period of 12 months, Tyler lost 3 friends, who were each pastors, to suicide. This stirred up a strong feeling in him that the church desperately needed interventions for male pastors, who become more isolated as they become more successful. What he and his partners developed was a 12-month process with community, monthly coaching, and mental and emotional health counseling for small groups of pastors- all with the goal of finding rest and a community of people that don’t need anything from them and can simply encourage them. The overall goal of this project is to be preventative in nature when it comes to mental health crises for ministry leaders. Tyler also shares his thoughts on inheriting influence- the idea of taking over a role within an existing team or organization rather than starting something for yourself. He shares his tips for inheriting leadership, which he notes with the acronym E.P.I.C.: Evaluation, Patience, Implementation, and Care. This is a critical conversation for pastors who are feeling burned, depressed, or wondering if it’s time to hang up the hat. Tyler has closely observed pastoral struggles and has created a new vehicle to use preventive care to keep from burnout.
26 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Navigating Life After A Ministry Career With Dave Workman
On today’s podcast conversation, William and Dave discuss the transition pastors endure as they step away from their ministry role, whether it be to retire or simply obey God’s calling to switch careers. They talk about the process of serving faithfully, letting go in due time, and allowing God to reassign you in a fruitful way. Dave shares the struggles he experienced after leaving his pastoral position, and how trusting the Lord brought peace during a freefall period. Dave’s vulnerability about the difficulty of leaving a church community is insightful for ministry leaders who will one day follow in his footsteps.
33 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Moving From Surviving To Thriving With Sam Rodriguez
On today’s podcast conversation, Pastor Sam discusses his life goal of reconciling Billy Graham’s message with Dr. King’s March by advancing the lamb’s agenda. He shares about how to never sacrifice truth for social or political expediency, rebuking victimhood, and the slippery slope of cancel culture happening in America today. This discussion provides lots of encouragement for aligning our head, heart, and hand to be fully dependent on God instead of society.
23 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Pursuing Advocacy and Understanding for Post-Pandemic Mental Health with Heather Palacios
As we begin to come out of the covid-19 pandemic, we are seeing a more critical need to pay attention to mental health and wellness. In order to learn more about this, our founder and CEO William Vanderbloemen had a conversation with Heather Palacios of WondHerful. Heather is a suicide attempt survivor, and her goal is to be a good steward of her weakness and keep others from taking their lives. Heather shares the details of her own journey, and discusses the yellow and red flags to look for in yourself and others, as well as the three tangible essentials for maintaining your mental wellness. She also shares her husband’s advice for loving someone who is suicidal or struggles with mental health.
26 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Making The Most Of Life’s Hinge Moments With Michael Lindsay
This week, William talks with Michael Lindsay, President of Gordon College, a private Christian college in Wenham, Massachusetts. Michael Lindsay began his presidency in 2011 and his time in leadership has coincided with record years of opportunity and growth for the Gordon community. He is a highly regarded scholar for his work studying evangelical leaders in higher education. He is also an author of multiple books, including his most recent work, Hinge Moments: Making The Most of Life’s Transitions. On today’s podcast conversation, Dr. Lindsay discusses his experience and extensive research on how to anticipate and prepare for significant life changes. He also shares practical tips for using failure as an instructive lens to overcome and respond to challenges in life and leadership. Michael’s discernment and spiritual insights are impactful for leaders in Christian higher education and making successful life transitions. Here’s William’s conversation with Michael Lindsay.
21 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Mastering Church Development Software with Bob Pritchett
Bob Pritchett started creating Logos Bible Software at the age of 19, as a continuation of a project he did in his Bible class at school to help with homework. Recently, they’ve begun moving into development of software to provide any software a church could need to run, as well as providing countless resources to churches that have shifted to largely virtual platforms following the onset of COVID-19. On today’s podcast conversation, our founder and CEO William Vanderbloemen spoke with Bob about the resources that Faithlife produces that have been particularly helpful during the pandemic. Previously, many churches didn’t use church websites, online giving, or live streams, and in the past year have needed resources to adapt. As COVID-19 accelerated changes, Faithlife was able to step in and help with live stream and virtual solutions for many churches. Bob also shared his tips for how pastors can use technology to nurture and engage their church communities.
30 minutes | May 20, 2021
Streamlining Communications with Andre Dantzler and Echo Global
Our founder and CEO William Vanderbloemen spoke with Andre Dantzler about the church management tools that Echo Global offers that are fast, reduce clutter, and are very efficient in managing conversations. Andre also mentions the advantages of Echo Global being able to offer leaders one place for all digital conversations as they steward their communities well and continue being the hands and feet of Jesus by staying connected during challenging times.
26 minutes | May 13, 2021
Breaking Boundaries to Pursue God's Calling with Teresa Hairston
This week, our Director of Operations and Special Initiatives, Chantel McHenry, spoke with Teresa Hairston, founder of Gospel Today magazine and current publisher and author. In today’s conversation, Teresa explains how she entered into the publishing industry as a Black woman and the journey she followed to find her voice. She discusses the difficulties of emerging in a largely secular industry as well as within the Black church, and the times when she had to fight to keep fulfilling her calling in the face of opposition. She also shares the importance of understanding seasons as a leader and passing on your leadership as you move forward into new things, as well as how she came about writing her book Unstoppable.
31 minutes | May 6, 2021
Transition Decisions and Succession with Shaun Marshall
This week, our founder and CEO William Vanderbloemen has a conversation with Reverend Shaun Marshall on the critical components of successful transition in ministry. Shaun attended Indiana Wesleyan University, and after feeling called to ministry, served as a church planting coach and then pastor within the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination. He then served as the Director of Congregational Vitality for the ECC. Shawn founded the Manifest Network and works as a consultant for Navigate Consulting. At Vanderbloemen, we’re passionate about planning well for succession in order to ease the often difficult process of pastoral transition. On today’s podcast conversation, Reverend Marshall discusses the difficulties that accompany change, seeking wisdom from God, the necessity of discipleship, and how to move forward in service rather than staying stagnant. His advice and understanding of succession is incredibly valuable for those in ministry, and we hope you can find truth encouragement in his interview!
40 minutes | May 4, 2021
Why All Leaders Need To Take A Sabbath With Pastor Rich Villodas
In today’s episode, our Founder and CEO, William Vanderbloemen, talks with Rich Villodas, Lead Pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York. Rich talks about his new book, The Deeply Formed Life: Five Transformative Values to Root Us in the Way of Jesus,” and why it is important that the church work toward racial reconciliation and equality. Their conversation reminds us that God is holding together all things and we can rest in Him, a relevant encouragement for all leaders. https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/why-leaders-need-sabbath
33 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Master Strategic Succession Planning With Danny Wood
In today's episode, William Vanderbloemen, our Founder and CEO, talks with Danny Wood, senior pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Pastor Wood discusses his steps of preparation for creating a succession plan that will allow him to finish his ministry career strong, while also ensuring a smooth transition for the church body and the next pastor. He shares a few lessons that all ministry workers need to know before changing jobs or going through retirement.
35 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
The Church’s Response to Shifts in Pop Culture with Dr. Alan Noble
Dr. Noble is an assistant professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and author of Disruptive Witness: Speaking The Truth In A Distracted Age. Brian Jensen, one of our Executive Search Consultants who specializes in Higher Education, spoke with Doctor Alan Noble about trends in church culture and higher education. In today’s conversation, Dr. Noble discusses the impacts of the shifts we’re seeing in the church’s approach to pop culture, the ways in which technology is restructuring education as we know it, and connections between the church and Christian higher education institutions. They dive deep into some of the implications we can anticipate in the future as technology reach exponentially increases, and they encourage us to have a more reflective posture moving forward as Christ-followers.
32 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Preparing for a Post-Christian Culture in America With Jon Ritner
In this episode, our Founder and CEO, William Vanderbloemen talks with pastor and author, Jon Ritner, about his incredible experience working in Europe’s post-Christian culture and how he believes American churches should begin preparing for this unavoidable shift in ministry. Jon shares about God placing a specific call on his life and what he discovered about adapting churches from being centered around Sunday morning sermons to a more communal experience with a disciple-making structure. https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/preparing-for-post-christian-culture
38 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Excelling As A High Performing Leader With Mark Miller
In today’s episode, our Founder and CEO, William Vanderbloemen, talks with Mark Miller, Vice President of High-Performance Leadership at Chick-Fil-A. Mark shares his story of working at Chick-Fil-A and gives advice to other organizations as they look to lead well. Mark and his team have done extensive research to discover what makes an organization high-performing and develop a strong culture. He shares the findings from that research and gives advice for reaching your organizational goals and excelling at becoming a high-performing leader. https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/excelling-high-performance-leader-podcast
33 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Succession Planning for Seamless Pastoral Transitions with Dr. Gary Smith
Dr. Gary Smith shares lessons he learned while developing a succession plan, guiding the church and new pastor through an effective transition, and overcoming the emotional journey that accompanies a monumental life change https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/seamless-pastoral-transitions-podcast
35 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
Multisite Ministry Movement Trends With Tony Morgan
William Vanderbloemen talks with founder and lead strategist of The Unstuck Group, Tony Morgan. Tony discusses how hybrid churches have successfully created welcoming in-person and online environments for their members during the pandemic. He also covers the challenges that can arise with multisite churches and church mergers. Both hybrid and multisite church models will continue to grow in the coming years, so we hope Tony’s knowledge is enlightening and beneficial for proactive church leaders looking to develop effective practices for a healthy, growing church.
33 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Winning Strategies to Navigate Multisite Expansion with Geoff Surratt and Greg Ligon
In today’s conversation, our Founder and CEO, William Vanderblomen talks with Geoff Surratt who has previously held positions at Seacoast church, Saddleback Church, and Exponential, and Greg Ligon, who has been with Leadership Network since 1997, about their experience as pioneers in the multisite church movement. With an understanding of how church models are changing post-pandemic, Geoff and Greg offer advice for church growth and adaptation for ministry leaders, you find this conversation informative and insightful.
44 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
My Advice To A Younger Pastor - The 15 Ways 90% Of Leaders Fail According To Gordon MacDonald
In this episode, Gordon MacDonald, pastor, and best-selling author sat with our Founder & CEO, William Vanderbloemen to share these 15 life lessons and conduct a Q&A with Tyler Sollie, Senior Pastor at Life Center in Tacoma, Washington on succeeding as a younger pastor. We hope you enjoy this conversation and learn as much as we did from Gordon’s incredible insight. https://www.vanderbloemen.com/blog/advice-to-younger-pastor-podcast
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