Published: 1 week ago

Q&A: Should I Mandate Serving Limits for My Volunteers?

Today’s question comes from our 2017 Blog Survey.    Q: Let’s talk about serving limits. How long do you ask people to serve? Do you give them breaks, and if so, how do you manage those? A: In full disclosure, our church doesn’t currently have …

Published: 1 week ago

Hand ’em a Hammer

This week our church is moving into a brand-new building in anticipation of a campus move in just a few weeks. It’s the first from-the-ground-up project we’ve undertaken since 1962, so you could say that the learning curve is steep. (Also: city permits. Let’s …

Published: 4 weeks ago

Flashback Friday: Hospitality Can’t Take a Vacation

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   We’re barely ankle deep into the summer season around these parts. The mountains and beaches are calling, and people are responding. …

Published: 1 month ago

20 Ways to Get More Volunteers

How can I get more volunteers? That’s among the top five questions I hear on a regular basis. Here are twenty quick ways to bring in new people (none of ’em involve putting on a chicken suit). Shoulder tap. Encourage every existing volunteer to …

Published: 1 month ago

Don’t Drop Your Training; Drip It.

“We just don’t have time to properly train our volunteers.” “I don’t know what they need to know.” “I told them where to stand and what to do. That’s enough, right?” “Nobody ever shows up, anyway. So we just canceled it.”   We’ve all …

Published: 2 months ago

Put The “Event” Back In Your Training Event

Training is a part of life. We submit ourselves to it for our paid jobs, for our volunteer roles, and as we seek to pick up new skill sets (birth classes, anyone?). But if we’re honest, the vast majority of training events feel like they were …

Published: 2 months ago

Less Hoarding. More Sending.

As leaders, we have to reject the idea of promoting one ministry over another. I’ve been a part of plenty of churches where staff members would (gasp!) steal people from someone else’s ministry. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve done it myself a time or …

Published: 2 months ago

Flashback Friday: When Culture Is Broken

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!   Whether you manage a store or minister at a church, sometimes you have to face the harsh reality that your culture …

Published: 2 months ago

Announcing the 2017 One-Day Workshops

In just three months, we’re bringing back our One-Day Workshops. During last year’s debut, nearly 100 leaders from 40+ churches took part in these practical training events. The response was beyond what we could have imagined, and two of the three dates sold out. …

Published: 2 months ago

Win Back Your One-Offs

If you’re in ministry, you’re likely still slowwwwly recovering from a busy Easter weekend. There’s a lot to do today: follow up with first time guests. Help with next steps on spiritual decisions. Raid the dark chocolate out of your six-year-old’s Easter basket that …

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