Published: 10 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: 10 months 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.)   When It’s Everybody’s Job, It’s Usually …

Published: 10 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: 12 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: 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 …

Published: 1 year 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 year 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: 1 year 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: 1 year ago

Five Reasons Your New Volunteers Don’t Come Back

Imagine the scenario: you’ve made a big push to invite new people to serve on your volunteer team. You spent weeks designing the publicity, made dozens of phone calls, sent hundreds of emails, had countless hallway and sidewalk conversations, and prayed at every turn …

Published: 1 year ago

The Two Words That Will Kill Your Volunteer Ministry

Churches and non-profits are built on the backs of volunteers. When babies are rocked, small groups are led, or coffee is poured, those things are more often than not a result of a process that gets people off of the sidelines and into the …

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