The Art of Complete Appreciation

The Art of Complete Appreciation

It’s often not the leader that makes a team great, but the team itself. When you look at a successful leader just about anywhere in the world you will most definitely see a team of supporting people not far behind them. What we do day in and day out as we build great ministries to reach people and draw them closer to Christ wouldn’t be possible without the great staff and volunteer leaders that God has entrusted us with. As leaders, we are given the great honor of providing vision, direction... Read More
This Winter’s BEST Volunteer Conference!

This Winter’s BEST Volunteer Conference!

It’s Time! It’s Time! Do you guys know that we have a winter volunteer conference? Yep, it’s for real. It’s called Live to Serve, and it launches this month. Surprised? Let me explain for a second. If you and I have spent any time together, you already know that I am passionate about volunteers—your volunteers. I want each one of them to be convinced that their role is significant and their mission compelling enough to give their very best effort. I want them to know that they have so much to... Read More
Live to Serve: It’s About “We”

Live to Serve: It’s About “We”

A few years ago my friends, Sue Miller and Adam Duckworth, wrote an amazing book called Not Normal, just for volunteers! One of the chapters in the book is titled “You, Me, We.” I love this chapter. It hits on so many things that I love. I am a team player. I enjoy doing things with people. I work harder, smarter and better when I am doing ministry with others. And yet, too many times in ministry I backed myself into the “you vs. me” corner—where I didn’t want to be. In that corner I would... Read More
3 Keys To Attracting Volunteers

3 Keys To Attracting Volunteers

Being a leader yourself, you already know how important it is to be surrounded by a great team of people. Finding folks to build our team that get our passion, connect with the message, and carry out the vision is a must. A single team is filled with so many different types of people from background, experience with kids, and personalities. So, how do you know which volunteers already serving with you are ready for more? Which volunteers are leaders? Who can you “tap” to do more? Identifying... Read More
On the VBS Planning Calendar – June

On the VBS Planning Calendar – June

By Liz Calhoun We’ve come to the end of our shared to-do list. I hope your planning and recruiting and preparing and training has gone smoothly so far, and I hope you are excitedly looking forward to your event. You’ve put so much effort into making this year’s VBS an awesome one, and you are almost there! Continue to pray that God will prepare the hearts of the families you will meet, and that He will work through the folks who will speak into the lives of those families... Read More