Published: 7 months ago

Can Your Volunteers Love Each Other Too Much?

Team unity is a beautiful thing. If you’ve been in a ministry setting for more than 90 seconds, you know that unity isn’t a commodity that’s easy to come by. Left to their own devices, volunteers often face in-fighting, jealousy, and superiority complexes. So if your …

Published: 7 months ago

Q&A: Should Volunteers Serve In Multiple Areas?

Q: One of the issues we have is people who serve in multiple ministries in a major way. For example, we have people who are in a regular teaching role with our BC Kids, and they also lead one of our BC Groups. I don’t think that our …

Published: 8 months ago

Flashback Friday: The Reason Our Volunteers Disengage

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   I’m a few chapters in to Simon Sinek’s latest book, Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. It’s a …

Published: 8 months ago

Who Can I Add To The Circle?

If you’re a volunteer or a leader of volunteers, this question has to be your refrain. You can’t do it all, and you shouldn’t try. You should constantly seek to replace yourself. Your knowledge and experience shouldn’t live and die within your own soul. Leith …

Published: 9 months ago

How to Force a Volunteer to Care

That’s a ridiculous post title, because of course you can’t force someone to care. They either care, or they don’t. But what if it’s not that simple? What if the two choices aren’t just care or don’t care? What if the issue goes deeper? What if …

Published: 9 months ago

We Weren’t Created To Be Chronically Lazy

Over the last few days, North Carolina and surrounding states have been in the middle of Snowpocalypse 2017. If you’re a reader from parts farther north, you should know that North Carolinians don’t handle snow all that well (Exhibit A: this scene from three years …

Published: 11 months ago

5 Reasons You Should Serve at Christmas at DPAC

For three days prior to Christmas, the Summit is going to be invading the Durham Performing Arts Center for a fifth year. We’ll be celebrating the incarnation of Jesus, the majesty of the manger, the astonishment that God would dare become man. Christmas at …

Published: 12 months ago

Serving…Or Simply Surviving?

What kind of mindset are you building into the volunteer culture of your church? Is your church a place where volunteers are healthy, excited, and reproducing? Or do you find that every weekend is an adventure in just getting by, hoping that Sunday runs out before …

Published: 1 year ago

Stop The Assembly Line

In his best-selling Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, takes us through the incredible journey of building the world’s most loved (and most powerful) films. But it wasn’t the “story behind the stories” that most resonated with me. Rather, it …

Published: 1 year 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 …

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