Category Archives: Volunteers

Uh, oh! A Warning for Staff Dependent Churches

Recently I’ve become bothered by a common theme I’ve encountered among many program-sized and smaller corporate-sized churches (whose average Sunday attendance is between 150-600 people). These are churches that are typically well staffed, with at least one full-time clergyperson and many times two or more. They have either completed a successful capital campaign...
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Don’t Stand Alone

  And one standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer; three is even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:12 This passage makes me smile when I think about it in the context of children’s ministry.  Have you ever been the only volunteer in the room...
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Five Traits of High Capacity Volunteers (and how to find them!)

No matter what your ministry context is or what denomination your church is a part of, we all have a common problem. As a matter of fact, it’s probably the greatest challenge church leaders face in ministry. If we don’t find a way to overcome it, we will shortchange our ministry potential. But if we...
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Transitioning Well

How many of you are permanent youth directors working in churches or other ministries right now? I was a permanent youth director in Nashville for about two years…until I moved.  Then I was a permanent youth director in a suburb of St. Louis for four years…until I was called to another church. I’m coming to realize I’ve...
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