Three things that I’ve been reading this week. Enjoy, campers. (Remember, click the bold print to see the original article!)
Measuring church health: How many people will serve? (Tony Morgan) I found this pretty interesting. And it raises the question: what does this stat look like in your church? What does it look like in our church?
The biggest surprise related to volunteers, though, has to do with its relationship to staffing. We’ve found there’s a correlation between the money that a church invests in paid staff and the number of people serving.
As the percentage of the church’s staffing budget increases, the percentage of people volunteering decreases.
In other words, if you want more people to serve, you may need to spend less on staffing.
The only reason words have meaning is because we agree on what they mean. And that meaning comes from associating those words with other words, words that often have emotional anchors for us.
Control Toys: a line of educative toys for badly-behaved children. (Laughing Squid) As the daddy of a very active two year old, I can’t say that I think this is a bad idea (read the entire article before you judge me).