Creating An Authentically Healthy Volunteer Culture

Creating An Authentically Healthy Volunteer Culture

You work really hard to create a healthy culture in your organization. You want your staff to be working toward the mission, and you want everything in your environment to be done really well. But do you take time to focus on the culture of your volunteers? Chances are, you need volunteers in your organization in order to make things run smoothly. In many ministries, volunteers are the backbone of how you get anything done. You would be lost without them. But we often don’t consider our... Read More
Your Mission Begins With You

Your Mission Begins With You

Take a minute to think about the mission of your ministry. You can most likely tell me in less than a minute what your mission is and what your vision is. It’s important to you. It’s why you do everything that you do. Now take a minute to think about the people around you. Your staff, your volunteers, and your leaders. What do their daily interactions show you? Are they tired? Burned out? Stressed? Exhausted? Can you remember the last time they took some time off? Now ask those same questions... Read More
A Community-Wide Welcome

A Community-Wide Welcome

Imagine walking into a building you’ve never been in before. You’re not sure you even want to be there in the first place, but you hesitantly decide to check it out. You look around and are confused and not sure what to think. Immediately, you notice there are people talking to each other and they seem busy in their own conversations. Nobody helps you find your way or even acknowledges that you are there. People seem to be talking a different language, and even looking at you strangely, maybe... Read More
Navigating The Dismissal Of A Volunteer

Navigating The Dismissal Of A Volunteer

I could never fire a volunteer! Maybe you’ve heard yourself say these words. Maybe you work for a church or a nonprofit and your organization is dependent on volunteers. How could you ever fire one? The reasons for needing to fire a volunteer vary. It may be because of a character issue that has surfaced. It may be that the person is not competent in their role. Or it may be that the chemistry between the volunteer and the organization is not right. Although the reasons may vary, firing... Read More