Christian Employment Articles

  • Just Do the Next Thing

    by Vaneetha Rendall Risner
    I have been barely functional for the last several months. Participating in a clinical trial for post-polio since the fall has left me exhausted, struggling with crushing fatigue and discouragement. I feel drained and overwhelmed. So many things have been left undone. My desk, piled with things to do, seems too daunting to even approach.  Where do I start? Since I can’t do everything, I wonder if I should bother to do anything. As I ...   Read More
  • 10 Problems with Doing the Best You Know How To Do

    by Ron Edmondson
    Years ago in a company we owned, there was a young man who worked for me who had tremendous potential. I believed in him so much I personally invested in him and paid special attention to him. I thought his future with our company was worth the extra time. Sadly, he never measured up to my expectations and we ended up having to part ways. Every time I would meet with him to “encourage” him, he would say the same thing. “I’m ...   Read More
  • The Best Place to Look for God's Calling

    by Nicholas Cappas
    Last week I sat with the guys around the bonfire eating barbecue and having a conversation about ambition and humility. We shared our stories and our struggles. We ate smoked pork and brisket. We heard songs from a hopeful country music list playing in the background on a not so wintry Georgia night. Our conversation touched on issues relating to how we can best live out our calling. Real people, real lives. And none of us – not even one of ...   Read More
  • 3 Examples of Being a Leader for a Season

    by Ron Edmondson
    I am frequently contacted when someone is debating the right time to leave a leadership position. I once wrote 10 Scenarios to Determine If It’s Time to Quit. It’s still one of my more requested blog topics. Deciding when it is time to leave a leadership position is one of the hardest decisions a leader makes. Thankfully, there are still leaders with a sense of loyalty, who want to do the right thing, and they simply do not know how ...   Read More
  • Finding Your Work/Life Balance in 2017

    by Terence Chatmon
    Want a 31-hour work week, move to Paris! The definition of what is work and what is personal, along with the line between them, has become blurred for some and old news for others. Work is a part of life – 46 hours of life, for those who live and work in America. And that is the key, to make work a part of life – not your whole life. We were designed for work of a different sort, to glorify the Father and enjoy Him forever. For many ...   Read More
  • 7 Practices Every Leader Needs to Know

    by Brad Lomenick
    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
  • 7 Ways a Leader Can Invite Constructive Feedback

    by Ron Edmondson
    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
  • How to Protect Yourself from Work Burnout

    by Michael Lee Stallard
    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