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How to Advocate for Singles in Your Church
Minding the margins to draw everyone in
Once, during a conversation with a coworker at a large church where I worked, I discovered that a vast majority of our welcome team volunteers were single people.
When Volunteers Disappoint
Work through disappointment and create realistic expectations for your team.
When Volunteers Disappoint. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, sometimes have little or no ministry experience, and display a wide range of maturity.
Small Church, Big Ministry
God is using 124 people from this historic congregation to feed 145,000.
kinds of outreach. In a church of 80 active members, the food pantry has a staff of 21 volunteers, most of whom are there every week. According to Marvin
5 Simple Steps to Recruit Volunteers In a Small Church
It's hard to disciple people when you can't even find volunteers. This simple process can help small churches do both better.
It's hard to disciple people when you can't even find volunteers. Church LeadershipOctober 24, 2016. 5 Simple Steps to Recruit Volunteers In a Small Church
5 Essentials to Build Trust in Your Ministry Team
Lessons from the life of Nehemiah
To be effective in ministry, you need to earn the trust of senior leadership, peers, volunteers, and most importantly, your own team. Yet, trust is not easily obtained.
Overlooked: When Women Are Passed Over for Leadership
Research suggests a reason for this phenomenon beyond the glass ceiling.
overshadow his musical abilities. Stories soon began to surface about his rude treatment of volunteers and a general unwillingness to collaborate. He left before
4 Ways to Multiply the Impact of Your VBS
Use this one-week event to ignite year-long discipleship.
4. Follow up with the volunteers. Handwritten thank you notes make each volunteer feel appreciated. Also, give volunteers an opportunity to evaluate VBS this year.
7 Keys to a Smooth Church Transition
How to make major changes without alienating your congregation.
Pastors and church leaders can prepare their staff, attendees, and volunteers to survive, and perhaps even thrive, during a time of change by leaning on the strengths of the culture and
6 Dos and Don’ts for Welcoming Church Guests
Visitor connection should be organic, not contrived.
These volunteers are the vanguard of your welcome team, so devote time training them to brag on kids, admire new babies, and help guests find the friend who invited them.
6 Symptoms of Church Ministry Silos
And ways to help cure this type of disunity.
Each ministry has their own vision and values statements. You frequently hear the words “my ministry,” "my budget," and "my volunteers" in meetings.
How Churches Can Partner with Outside Counselors
It’s about supplementing, not replacing, pastoral care.
Rebecca was able to help our volunteers and youth staff understand how the human body, on a visceral, sub-conscious level, responds to trauma, and how this in turn affects behavior.
Does Your Church Use Volunteers for Financial Tasks?
Four leaders weigh in on the makeup and selection of church financial teams.
Does Your Church Use Volunteers for Financial Tasks? Four leaders weigh in on the makeup and selection of church financial teams. Volunteers are an important part of church.
How Not to Lose Your Identity in Ministry
When I took a break from ministry, I realized I’d lost more than my job.
I was tired of how I clung to lies of “not enough”: the volunteers who were not enough, the time in the day that was not enough, and the money that was never enough to do all God
Meeting IRS Requirements When a Pastor Runs for Office
How one church navigated the tricky issue of political involvement.
During Meeks's state Senate campaigns, no one solicited votes through the church, asked for volunteers, or promoted Meeks's political work on church grounds.
Protecting Special Needs Adults
Part 3 in a series on creating a safe, welcoming ministry.
Volunteers working with adults' ministries should still be vetted, screened, go through a background check, required to never be alone with a ministry participant—all of those same
5 Self-Examination Questions for Church Leaders
When it comes to burnout, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
This is just as important for the everyday moments, too. It might be an upcoming event, a meeting with volunteers, or a conversation you're dreading.