About Justin Lathrop

With over a dozen years of local church ministry Justin has spent the last several years starting business' and ministries that partner with pastors and churches to advance the Kingdom. He is the founder of Helpstaff.me (now Vanderbloemen Search), Oaks School of Leadership, and MinistryCoach.tv all while staying involved in the local church.

Justin is obsessed with connecting people to people and lives his life daily to make the world a smaller place. He now serves as a consultant in the area of strategic relations predominately working with the Assemblies of God, helping to build bridges with people and ministries to more effectively reach more people.

He blogs regularly about what he has learned from making connection at www.justinlathrop.com.

How to Pastor a Healthy Church


Healthy Flock

As pastors, we know our job to minister to the spiritual health of our communities. But as you think about the spiritual health of the people in your church, do you consider their mental, physical, emotional and relational health as well? My guess is, if you’re like most pastors, you probably don’t. Consider how the […]

Do Churches Need to Be On Social Media?


Social Media

I’ve written before about why I believe pastors need to be on social media (I’m a big believer in pastors, and a big believer in social media, so it’s a natural connection). But recently someone asked me if I think churches need to be on social media and the answer I gave surprised me a little. For […]

5 Features Every Great Church Website Needs


The Oaks

We might as well admit it. We all judge a book by its cover. But in our defense, before we’ve opened the book, the cover is all we have. Facades serve as an invitation. The path leading up to your front door is an invitation to come inside and have a look. If the cover, […]

5 Practical Ways to Become A Better Leader


Team Doing Right

Becoming a better leader is one of those daunting lines on your to-do list. It’s in there with “be a great father” or “get closer to God.” It’s a noble item, to be sure, but it’s a hard one to check off. It feels large and intangible and like you will never quite know when […]

How to Foster a Creative Community


Foster Creativity

In recent decades, churches haven’t been known as hubs for creativity. Instead, churches have been known for doing things the same way—the same kind of worship, the same songs, the same bulletins, and the same style of preaching for years on end. There hasn’t been much room for those with creative talents to come in […]

3 Questions You Should Ask Before You Leave Your Church



The world is changing. It’s changing in many ways, but one of the things that shocks me most as I work with young pastors is the transitory nature of people, families, and jobs these days. Only a few years ago, it would not be uncommon for a person to find a job with a company […]

Does Your Church Need A New Brand?



Ten years ago, nobody was talking about churches and brands (or at least, nobody I knew). But that didn’t mean churches didn’t have brands, or that branding didn’t exist. It simply meant we didn’t have words to explain branding and why it mattered in the same way we do now. Now, everybody is talking about […]

4 Unexpected Qualities of Good Leaders


Leadership Microphone

When most people think of great leaders, they get a certain picture in their minds (I know I do). It’s this vision of perfect confidence and grace. There’s a winning smile, a spotlight and the sound of applause in the background. It’s no wonder, with this concept of leadership, most of us are desperate to […]

Pastors, Don’t Ignore Your Social Media Responsibility


Social Media

I’m a big fan of pastors and a big fan of social media. Put those two things together and this is what you get: A guy who is a big fan of pastors being on social media. In fact, “big fan” might even be understating it a little bit. I believe pastors have a responsibility to be […]

4 Questions Pastors Should Ask Before Criticizing Online


Angry Twitter

My #1 pet peeve of pastors online would be the same as my #1 pet peeve of pastors offline. That’s usually the case with me. I see a strong connection between our online and offline behavior. Except, in this case, there is one small problem: I never (or at least very rarely) see pastors display the behavior […]

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