• William Vanderbloemen
    William Vanderbloemen
    Founder & CEO of Vanderbloemen

    William Vanderbloemen is an entrepreneur, pastor, speaker, author, and CEO/Founder of Vanderbloemen. William has combined 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.

    Vanderbloemen has served over 800 churches since its founding eight years ago, has grown to thirty-five full-time employees, and has won several company culture awards. Prior to founding Vanderbloemen, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search experience.

    William is regularly invited to speak across the country at conferences on leadership, hiring, and succession planning, such as the CESA Symposium, Hubspot’s INBOUND, Blackbaud, and Guidestone. William is also a regular contributor to Forbes and Outreach Magazine and is frequently asked to contribute to many media outlets on staff culture and team building.

    The updated and expanded edition of his book Next: Pastoral Succession That Works on effective succession was released through Baker Books in April of 2020, and his book Culture Wins: The Roadmap To An Irresistible Workplace was released through Savio Republic in March of 2018. Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook was released through B&H Books in June 2016.

    Besides helping organizations with hiring and succession planning, William spends a whole lot of time with family and connecting with people. William is an avid social networker. Whether connecting with friends, candidates for searches he is doing, or church members, he loves to network. William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodles Moses and Pearl live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.

Succession Readiness: Why Your Succession Plan Matters Now More Than Ever

One feeling unites all ministry leaders after 2020: exhaustion. A year full of polarizing events, a global pandemic that shifted so much of how churches operate, and a lack of in-person community has pushed a lot of church leaders to feel overwhelmed, overworked, drained, and wondering, “Can I do this anymore?”

As we potentially near the finish line of the pandemic, maybe you’re feeling nearer to the finish line of your ministry work. The events of the last year and a half have reminded us just how little we truly control in our lives. Fortunately, we can plan for the future of our churches by talking about succession early in our careers. Then, no matter what surprises come, we’re ready for what’s next. Succession is no longer just a retirement conversation; it is a readiness conversation. So how do we acknowledge the inevitable reality of succession and prepare for the future of the church?


Sep 21 2021


8:00 am - 9:15 am


Leadership & Management
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