Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

Ways to Appreciate and Encourage Volunteers This Season

This is a wonderful time of year. It’s a great time to be with friends and family as the weather gets colder, the food gets more delicious and it is a much more festive time of year. Unfortunately, as great of a time of year it is, it is also a very busy time of year. Between family gatherings. holiday parties and family time and traditions, it can be a really challenging time of year. Maybe not only for you, the ministry leader, but for your volunteers as well. So does that mean you give up... Read More
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
Do Your Volunteers Know You Care?

Do Your Volunteers Know You Care?

  A few weeks ago I sat in on staff meeting with the kids ministry team from my church, Cross Point in Nashville, Tenn. This is an amazing team. They lead kids ministries at six different campuses all over the greater Nashville area. But, they come together each week to meet as one team, one church body. There are so many things I would love to share from our meeting, but I would have to write a book, not a blog post. One of the ladies threw out the question, “How do our volunteers know we... Read More
3 Truths About Volunteer Appreciation

3 Truths About Volunteer Appreciation

by Jonathan Cliff Everyone loves a volunteer. These are the people that make the magic happen week in and week out. Working as small group leaders, keeping our environments secure, serving pizza to teenagers, setting up chairs . . . the work they contribute never ends. The word we’d all agree on is invaluable or maybe it’s priceless. The point is that we can’t do what we do in our churches without these saints making it happen. The disagreement is often in how we go about truly showing... Read More
Make Your Volunteers Feel like a Million Bucks

Make Your Volunteers Feel like a Million Bucks

by Christine Kreisher A lot of churches are looking for ways to scale back on their budgets. Some churches have even put a freeze on spending. Many churches are under-staffed, and that challenge doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. So the need for volunteers is even greater. And with so little time, the need for volunteers to stick, is even more important than ever. Training new people takes time. Time away from doing what’s crucial—making your children’s ministry the most important... Read More