Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

The phase, or the time in a kid’s life that we influence significant relationships, understand present realities, and leverage distinctive opportunities, flow in a continuum that requires all kid and student ministry workers to have a basic knowledge how one impacts the other. The four phases that allow us to embrace, engage, affirm, and mobilize a kid from birth into adulthood do not stand alone. One phase directly affects another and the needs of one phase never completely dissipates. They... Read More
Communicating With Your Volunteers

Communicating With Your Volunteers

We’ve established the importance of volunteers many times before. They are your lifeblood. Without them, it would be nearly impossible to do ministry at all! But a crucial part of sustaining longevity with your volunteers falls entirely in your lap—communication. How, what, and when you communicate with your teams can make or break their experience and their buy-in to the vision of your ministry.  How to Communicate  It’s always important to go where the people are when it comes to... Read More
Mobilizing Your Volunteer Team for Influence 

Mobilizing Your Volunteer Team for Influence 

If you are employed by a church to lead a church ministry, I want to change your job description. No matter the ministry you were hired to lead, your job isn’t what you think it is. Your volunteers are your job. Their job is your ministry. You’re not called to build ministries. You’re called to build disciples. Until you embrace this paradigm shift, your church’s culture of volunteerism will never reach its potential. If you have volunteers who are eager to go beyond the status quo, it will... Read More
Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

Helping Volunteers Navigate Change

It was time for a change, it was time to move the 4:00 pm Saturday service to 5:00 pm. We spent months researching optimum service times, asking families for input and discussing the change with stakeholders. (I didn’t know service times had stakeholders.) When the day came for the change, however, weeping and wailing was heard for miles around. For over a year anonymous cards were dropped in the offering begging, threatening, demanding a return of the 4:00 pm Saturday service. How could a... Read More
How Are You . . . Really?

How Are You . . . Really?

Volunteers! I love these people. Just the thought of them conjures up so many wonderful emotions. I’ve served alongside some of the best volunteers in the country. Some true rock stars! I hope and pray you are doing the same. In fact, if you have a volunteer team at all, you are. But, isn’t it true from time to time we get busy in the day-to-day of ministry and often start to make assumptions about our volunteers? I do that. I often find myself working on curriculum prep, summer events coming... Read More
How to Encourage Volunteer Leaders

How to Encourage Volunteer Leaders

Sure, the very word volunteer communicates that they willingly chose to support our mission and fill the needs. They knew what they signed up for and decided to invest in this messy work. They know the stakes. We clarified what to expect during orientation, and we keep a clear picture of our vision in front of them regularly.  Volunteering in ministry is an honor. It is a privilege. We get to do this! There is so much more work to get done, so why do we need to spend time encouraging our... Read More