Published: 1 year 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

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

Flashback Friday: Think Through It Before They Think Through It

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’ve talked before about the importance of absorbing the awkwardness for your guests. That means we want to think through their experience before …

Published: 1 year ago

Don’t Fix It On Sunday

We’ve all been there. You’re heading through the normal routine of the weekend life of a ministry leader: arrive early. Double-check your checklist. Turn on the lights. Fire up the sound system. Get some coffee brewing. Straighten up chairs pick up trash gather the …

Published: 1 year ago

10 Mistakes You’re Making When Recruiting Volunteers

If you’re in ministry, you live in the world of volunteers. The weekend (and the week) doesn’t happen without the people who work hard with no pay. But free labor doesn’t pop up easy. Here are ten mistakes you might be making when trying to get …

Published: 1 year ago

The Training Game

There are two types of churches when it comes to the training of volunteers: those who actually do it well, and those who really really really need to do it (really). And yes, I’m painting all churches with a broad brush, but what fun …

Published: 1 year ago

Flashback Friday: You Need a Story Repository

Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you! Every family has one. You know what I’m talking about: that one relative who is the Keeper Of The Stories. He or …

Published: 1 year 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.) Mentor Your Volunteers (via @tobereceivedmin) If you’re …

Published: 1 year ago

Why You Need a VHQ

One of our values for our First Impressions team is “Attend One, Serve One.” We want our volunteers to be able to fully engage in worship in one service, then fully engage by serving in another service. It creates a better environment all the …

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