Category Archives: Volunteers

Recruiting High Capacity Volunteers

I hear a lot of questions from youth ministry leaders I meet across the country. A few questions seem to pop up in nearly every youth ministry conversation though. These questions stem from common problems and tensions that we all face in youth ministry. I hear them...
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10 Creative Ways to Say Thank You to Volunteers

It’s that time of year. Throughout Fall, we see signs that proclaim gratefulness and the tone of social media becomes more positive. People speak about what makes them thankful. They post pictures, and use words, to show their gratefulness. As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, let’s not forget those who share our tasks, teach our...
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Five Indicators of a Toxic Culture

  I’ve never met a leader who dreamed of having a toxic culture. Leaders want to lead a healthy culture, and volunteers want to serve in one as well. Nothing will make a great volunteer or staff member run away faster than a toxic culture! I’ve had the privilege to work in some healthy cultures, and the nightmare of a...
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The Youth Ministry Growth Dilemma

More than anything else I hear, youth workers tell me they want their ministry to grow. They don't want a raise or to make a name for themselves, they just want to impact as many students as possible. Numbers matter because people matter! While most all of us want to see our ministries grow, statistics tell us that most of us...
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