The Future Belongs to the Agile with William Vanderbloemen

Sep 23, 2020

At Vanderbloemen, William combines over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide faith-based organizations a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church and theology with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

William is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership. His book, Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, on effective pastoral leadership and succession was released through Baker Books in September 2014 has been expanded and updated and was released in April 2020. His book Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook was released through B&H Books in June 2016.

His latest book is Culture Wins: The Roadmap To An Irresistible Workplace and is released through Savio Republic. William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Besides helping organizations with hiring and team building, 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.


What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • An overview of all the exciting developments at Vanderbloemen in the last couple of years.
  • The difficulty of the role of founder in a company and the importance of identifying weaknesses.
  • William’s natural affinity for sales and how he has learned to share his expertise.
  • Advice from William to business owners looking at bringing on a new COO.
  • The foundational entrepreneurial characteristic of risk-taking.
  • William’s perspective on present and future success.
  • Scaling, growth and hiring new talent according to changing needs in a company.   
  • Thoughts on succession and William’s ideas about his family and business.
  • Considerations for a family business and why assuming succession is a bad plan.
  • William’s wife, Adrienne’s, varying roles at the company and the skills she has brought to the table. 
  • The strength of William and Adrienne’s partnership and shared perspective.
  • The decision to reduce Adrienne’s hours in office and changer her title to ‘co-owner’.
  • Getting into contact with Vanderbloemen and making use of the resources they offer online.



“The real gift an entrepreneur has is this gut-level knowledge of when it is right to take a risk.” — @wvanderbloemen [0:20:58]

“We have an uncanny ability to see each other’s blindspots.” — @wvanderbloemen [0:42:55]


Facebook Posts:

“If you are founder you probably are pretty good at facing fear. You are probably better at it than you think you are.” — William Vanderbloemen [0:18:16]

“Any time we are using a family member, they better be better than everybody else.” — William Vanderbloemen [0:46:20]


Additional Resources:




Next: Pastoral Succession That Works:

Culture Wins:

Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook:


Links Mentioned:

Episode 18:


Stephen Covey:

Rocket Fuel:



Malcolm Gladwell:



Sharon Spano: