A Weekly Communication Strategy for Churches to Engage with Parents and Volunteers

A Weekly Communication Strategy for Churches to Engage with Parents and Volunteers

If you’re a church leader, that probably means you connect and engage with kids or teenagers every week. (That’s sort of your job, right?) Kids and teenagers show up in your programming, and it’s up to you to make sure they have something to do, something to learn, and someone who can know them, personally.  That’s where your volunteers come into play—specifically your small group leaders. And you expect your volunteers to engage with kids every week. You work hard to make sure your volunteers... Read More
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
Developing Leadership in Your Volunteers

Developing Leadership in Your Volunteers

Do you remember the first time you volunteered? Maybe it was to coach a baseball team, to lead a small group, to help out at a thrift store, or even to help rescue abandoned pets. Do you remember the training you received or the support you got from the person who enlisted you? If you were trained and coached well, you probably have fond memories. If you were just left to sink or swim on your own—well, we all have horror stories we could tell. In churches, volunteers are the lifeblood of any... Read More
Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

Christmas, Volunteers and All-The-Things

We all know when you are in ministry world you have to start thinking about Christmas a few days after you survive promotion Sunday. Our minds are always thinking ahead to the next thing. And Christmas is a biggie! So, now that your pastor has made the final call on the days and times of the Christmas Eve service, you’ve reviewed the curriculum, planned your volunteer Christmas party, planned a family Christmas night, scheduled an event to promote your missions emphasis for the month, set the... Read More
Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

Communicating Vision That Invests in Insiders but Prioritizes Outsiders

“As a church, we should invest in insiders, but prioritize outsiders.” Jeff Henderson tweeted this not long ago. It packs a powerful punch to the everyday choices we make in ministry. It’s easy for us to think, yeah, of course I do that . . . the vision of our ministry is blah, blah, blah. However, when those insiders and outsiders are real people, with real concerns and their own ideas, living up to this idea can be a struggle. Maybe you remember the first time—the first time that you were... Read More