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.
Growing up, Saturdays were chore days. My mom would list all the family chores on a big chalkboard in the laundry room. Weeding, mowing, vacuuming, scrubbing baseboards, cleaning vanities, you name it. If it needed doing, my siblings and I did it. My parents could’ve done any of these chores better than we did. Read more
“If there’s ever anything I can do to help, just let me know.” We hear this a lot. It gets tacked onto the end of a conversation as if it would be impolite to walk away without an offer to help. I spent a long time ignoring these sentences as if they were filler. But Read more