Church volunteer teams can be very Dickensian—“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .” Having helped lead volunteer teams for hospitality, care groups, women’s ministry, events, finance, and administration, I’ve seen how great and how trying it can be to use volunteers.
Right now, there are people in your church who want to volunteer, but aren’t involved yet. Some of them are waiting for the right opportunity—the role that perfectly aligns with their gifts. Others are literally just waiting to be asked. The challenge for your staff is finding the right times to ask, the right ways to ask, Read more
Sometimes volunteers are just going to quit, and there’s nothing you can do to change their minds. People move. They get new jobs or go through transitions that make volunteering more difficult or stressful. But sometimes people quit for completely preventable reasons. They’re worn out. They don’t feel like what they do really matters to Read more
I’ve been volunteering as a youth leader with Young Life for six years. Once or twice a year, one of our regular leader gatherings includes a time where volunteers are recognized for their years of service, and the community of people who support us generously provide a small gift of some kind. It’s something simple Read more
Is your church reaching today’s mobile culture? Here are some facts you should know: Over 64% of adults in America own smartphones now. People are using their smartphone apps 10+ times a day on average. 68% of smartphone owners use their phone at least occasionally to follow along with breaking news events. 67% use their Read more