Published: 1 week ago

Q&A: How Should We Set Up Our Phone System?

Q: Do you have any suggestions or recommendations on how a phone answering service should be set up?  [Amanda Stanton, Director of Guest Services, Calvary Church, Clearwater, FL] A: Even in thinking about this question, I break out in a bit of a sweat. …

Published: 1 month ago

Q&A: How Do You Stagger Vols Across Multiple Services?

Q: I’m trying to get a better handle on team transitions between weekend services. At what point does the longer serving team for the first service leave their positions and the next team replace them?  [Larry Stege, Pastor, Guest and Member Services, Pinelake Church …

Published: 2 months ago

Q&A: How Much Time Do We Need Between Services?

Q: What do you think is an appropriate amount of transition time between services? Does too much or too little time create a negative experience for our guests? [Name withheld] A: If you have multiple service times on the weekend, it’s easy enough to …

Published: 2 months ago

Q&A: How Do I Recruit Volunteers In A New Church Plant?

Q: Our church officially launched earlier this fall. We had an incredible group of Guest Services team members who impressed everyone. Now we’re working to continually improve. How can we continue to recruit volunteers moving forward? [Justin Dunton, Executive Pastor, The Gospel Church, Nashville, TN] …

Published: 3 months ago

Q&A: How Do You Handle Missed Meetings?

In a recent post I talked about our ongoing meeting schedule, which raised a couple of questions regarding how well-attended those meetings tend to be, plus how we handle disseminating info to those who can’t / don’t make it. I thought the questions (paraphrased …

Published: 3 months ago

Q&A: Do Your Volunteers Wear T-Shirts?

Q: Have you considered requiring your team to wear t-shirts while serving? If not, why not?  [Scott Ballard, Director of Connections and Technology, The Village Church, Flower Mound, TX] A: Let me tell you a story. Once, we had a Summit Kids staff member …

Published: 5 months ago

Q&A: How Can I Break Up Volunteer Conversations?

Q: When my volunteers are serving, they are often more excited about focusing on each other than focusing on our guests. How can I prevent personal conversations among volunteers while they’re “on the clock”? [submitted via the 2018 blog survey] A: Short answer: you shouldn’t. …

Published: 5 months ago

Q&A: How Do You Handle The Altar Call?

Q: We are trying to figure out best practices for the response time / invitation for our services on Sunday morning services. Would you mind sharing some  of the Summit’s approach and practices? [Matt Pearson, Campus and Teaching Pastor, The Church at West Franklin, …

Published: 6 months ago

Should My Church Charge for Coffee? (repost)

I’m out of the office this week, so I’m dusting off the Q&A archives and delivering up this post, originally published on January 18, 2017.   Q:   Our church has always served coffee on Sunday mornings. Due to budget cuts we’ve ended that …

Published: 7 months ago

Q&A: How Do I Handle A Problem Volunteer?

Q: We have an older lady that serves at one of our Worship Center doors. I did not ask her to serve, she just showed up and some of the other ushers gave her some bulletins to pass out. She has a somewhat forceful …

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