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
How to Show Appreciation to Your Ministry’s Volunteers

How to Show Appreciation to Your Ministry’s Volunteers

We all want to be appreciated for things we do, right? Of course we do! Anytime we hear the phrase “Good job!” or when we get that pat on the back, or even when we’re given a random gift card for a job well done, it is always great to be appreciated.  Years ago, Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book called “The Five Love Languages.” This was written so spouses could understand how each other gives and receives love. The languages are: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of... Read More
5 Ways to Build Celebration Into the Rhythm of Your Ministry

5 Ways to Build Celebration Into the Rhythm of Your Ministry

A couple of years ago, my husband and my volunteer team at our church completely shocked me with a Starbucks-themed surprise birthday party (complete with “Frappy Birthday” signs and Starbucks-brand drinks—which is a big deal since our nearest Starbucks is an international flight away!). I’d never had a surprise party before, and was thrilled and thankful for a team that showed their love so sweetly! Since my team’s generous gesture meant so much to me, I wonder why I tend to forget to... Read More
Celebrate the Big and Small

Celebrate the Big and Small

 by Amy Fenton  I love to celebrate! I love parties. I love holidays. I love birthdays. A few weeks ago it was my birthday, and it was fabulous! It wasn’t that I did anything big. It was simply a day of celebrations. When I woke up, my kids (who know I love a good party) had set the table with paper plates and little birthday napkins. We had breakfast together, and they gave me a few gifts along with precious homemade cards. It was special because they were so thoughtful in the ways that they... Read More