4 Solid Tips for Recruiting New Volunteers

4 Solid Tips for Recruiting New Volunteers

Man cannot live on bread alone. And a church doesn’t function because of just one person. It takes so much more than four walls and a pastor—or four campuses and a fully-staffed team—for the message of the Gospel to reach your community. You need volunteers. And lots of them.  Ideally, you’ll recruit a team of volunteers who are excited about the vision of the church, show up on time and ready to work, and encourage others to join their efforts.  But to do that you’ll need a solid plan.... Read More
What Church Leaders Can Learn from Diversity Statistics

What Church Leaders Can Learn from Diversity Statistics

Two words What’s the most anticipated part of 2020? Is it a new year and a new decade? Or is it . . . get ready . . . the 2020 United States Census and all the statistics. One may even geek out and say: “Oh, the change we’ve seen in the last ten years!”  Alright, yes, that was a bit of sarcasm—especially for me because I used to shudder at hearing the word statistics and trying to make sense of it all. Then there’s another word that may make one cringe: diversity. A topic that naturally comes... Read More
Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

Don’t Burn Out the Engine 

I have limited knowledge about cars. I know they require gas and routine maintenance to keep running. Even with this limited knowledge, I know that one of the best ways to ruin an engine is by not taking care of the oil. Don’t ask me how I know or how much it cost me to learn this lesson. Engines, when the oil is not taken care of, can burn out and leave us (or maybe just me) in some stranded places. Staff and volunteers, like vehicle maintenance, require timely care and attention to prevent... Read More
Nehemiah’s Story, Your Context

Nehemiah’s Story, Your Context

If you have more than one child, you know how different they can be. The same background, values, and genes can produce a lot of different results. Variety is, after all, the spice of life.  To illustrate, Orange’s founder, Reggie Joiner, tells a story about when his kids were young and building a sandcastle. In the process, everyone’s personality became clear.  RP, his oldest and only son, dug trenches and did the methodical work of trying to figure out how the castle would be protected.... Read More
Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

Team Engagement and Collaboration: Motivating People to Work Together

I have two young children: a three-year-old and a six-year-old. For those of you that have young children, you know it’s a complete mixed bag. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but I often find myself making declarations that I thought I would never make. Very commonly in our house on any given day you might hear me declare:  Remember, don’t hit daddy in the face. Only use soft balls to throw at people. Don’t jump on his neck. As I write these out, I see that there is a common theme. I... Read More