After spending nine years leading in a non-profit organization, Tim Stevens invested the next 20 years at Granger Community Church. In his role as Executive Pastor, he helped grow the church from its early days in a movie theater until there were more than 5,000 attending and 129 staff members. Tim has been a thought leader in the world of church and ministry for many years and blogs at He has a passion for helping churches connect with people who think church is irrelevant and believes that finding the right staff is the most important and crucial ingredient to the success of any church. Tim joined the team at Vanderbloemen Search Group in 2014 and leads the Executive Search Consultant team, helping churches and organizations fill crucial ministry positions. Stevens has co-authored three books in the "Simply Strategic" series, is author of Pop Goes the Church and Vision: Lost and Found. His newest book, Fairness is Overrated, was released by Thomas Nelson in January 2015. You can connect with Tim on Twitter @timastevens, or at


Workshop Session 3: Ten Things I've Learned About Hiring, Firing and Leading Staff
Most church leaders received little or no training on how to bring someone to their staff, or how to let someone go. And many business leaders who try to help don't understand the nuances of leading in a ministry environment. Tim Stevens spent 29 years leading in ministry settings – and has been involved in hiring more than 200 people. He led a team of 129 staff at Granger Community Church, and for the past 3 years he has helped pastors all across the country with staffing issues in his role at Vanderbloemen Search Group. In this session, Tim will talk about the top 10 things he has learned about hiring, firing and leading staff. Learn how to avoid future mistakes, or get some insight on the current situation you are facing.
Time: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301E

Workshop Session 4: Build a Volunteer Culture and Avoid These 8 Mistakes
If there is one thing that separates successful churches from others that struggle, it is their ability to recruit, train, retain and inspire volunteers. If this were easy, every church would have figured it out. Tim Stevens shares his insight from a career of personally working with more than 800 local churches, and his leadership for 20 years at Granger Community Church—where 55% to 60% of the weekend attendance were consistently engaged in volunteer roles. Learn the 8 common mistakes that many churches make that keeps their volunteer culture from maximum impact.
Time: Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Faith Hall - Room 301E

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