Published: 3 days ago

Five Reasons Nobody Comes To Your Training

We’ve all been there: we have a volunteer training scheduled. We arrive early. Set up the room. Straighten the chairs. Run over our notes one more time. And then…we wait. And wait. And wait a little more. And finally, with a deflated spirit and a …

Published: 6 days ago

Flashback Friday: Putting In Your Time

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   Imagine for a moment that you’re in a big box store, a restaurant, or your doctor’s office. You have a question …

Published: 7 days ago

Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)   5 Mistakes Young Leaders Can Make …

Published: 1 week ago

An Offer You Can’t Refuse (But Seriously…)

We are just a few days shy of the registration deadline for our One-Day Workshop on Volunteer Culture. Regardless of the area you oversee (Kids ministry? Yep. Worship? Uh-huh. Community outreach? Okee-dokee.), regardless of the area where you’re currently laboring as a volunteer (Guest services? Alrighty then. Production? …

Published: 1 week ago

Leadership Is Not For The Privileged

The book of Judges contains a relatively obscure story about one of the greatest villains in biblical history. If Abimelech were a modern-day movie character, he’d come pre-programmed with his own bad guy soundtrack (I imagine Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham). He was arrogant beyond …

Published: 1 week ago

The Two Things You Must Do Before You Fire A Volunteer

We’ve all dealt with ’em: people who are simply a bad fit for a particular team. Maybe it’s because of a lack of training. Perhaps it’s a result of a loss of direction. It could simply be a bad attitude. But whatever the reason, …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: No Insignificant Jobs

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Thursday Three For All

It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.) 4 Reasons That Job You Hate Might …

Published: 2 weeks ago

Don’t Just Intersect.

I get confused sometimes. I’m not referring to walking into a room and forgetting the reason (though that happens all the time to, fo’ real). I don’t mean tossing one of my wife’s sweaters in the dryer when it was supposed to be laid …

Published: 2 weeks ago

The Why Matters. (Even When It’s Accidental.)

In our First Impressions Training, we focus on the “Why.” That’s disappointing to some Type A people who simply want to get a checklist and get on with the job. But checklists don’t allow you to gauge emotion, read feelings, or pick up on social cues …

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