Four Reasons People Are Not Volunteering and What To Do
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Four Reasons People Are Not Volunteering and What To Do

“I will pay you $20 to clean the whole basement.”  This is what it had come to. I was hoping that my lament about the disorder in our basement would eventually lead to one of my children volunteering. As the father of four, didn’t I know better? How could I be so delusional to think…

Preventative Maintenance Calendar? WHAT?!
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Preventative Maintenance Calendar? WHAT?!

“Okay,” you say to yourself, “something with that many syllables in it better be good.” Well, give me a few minutes of your time and a chance to convince you! I must admit that “Preventative Maintenance Calendar” does not immediately stir the imagination, nor does it quickly inspire teenagers to new heights of faith and…

Four Tips for Volunteer Recruiting
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Four Tips for Volunteer Recruiting

We’re quickly approaching that time of year when my heart rate gets elevated, my palms get sweaty, and I start obsessing over, “Do they like me? Will they say yes?” No, I’m not talking about prom-posals, or college acceptance letters. But, it’s that same existential dread that sometimes stops me from pursuing volunteer recruitment with…

Recruiting High Capacity Volunteers
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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 from large churches, small churches, and all sizes…

The Youth Ministry Growth Dilemma
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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…