Published: 4 weeks ago

Are You The “Debbie Downer” Of Your Volunteer Team?

You remember Debbie Downer…the Saturday Night Live character played with expert discomfort by Rachel Dratch. She could see the cloud in every silver lining. She could stop a dinner party conversation in its tracks by bringing up frightening facts about a just-discovered disease. I …

Published: 2 months ago

Are You Pandering?

If you lead in any capacity, you run the risk of pandering to the lowest common denominator. Whether you’re a parent or a pastor, a manager or a middle school teacher, the temptation in leadership is to think about the perpetually dissatisfied person that …

Published: 3 months ago

Need An Inexpensive Option for Team Training?

One of the most frequently-asked questions I hear has to do with resources for volunteer team training. That’s one of the primary reasons we put together The Gospel Is Offensive: Five Plumb Lines for Guest Services. In this 30 page resource, you’ll learn: The five key …

Published: 3 months ago

15 Easy Ways to Highlight Volunteer Opportunities

“How do I let our church know about opportunities to serve?” It’s a question that I hear often, in one form or another. Whether it’s from one of our campuses or from a church leader several states away, it seems that everyone is looking …

Published: 3 months ago

Rewind: Square Pegs and Round Holes

I’m enjoying some downtime with my family this week, so we’re heading to the archives to pull up some of the earliest content from the blog. This post originally appeared in August 2008.   Life is too short to do something you’re not wired …

Published: 3 months ago

Rewind: Dance With The One Who Brung Ya

I’m enjoying some downtime with my family this week, so we’re heading to the archives to pull up some of the earliest content from the blog. This post originally appeared in August 2008.   There’s a word that’s dirty and glorious all at the …

Published: 4 months 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: 4 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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 …

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