Category: Volunteer Culture

Should You Give Your Volunteers a Job Description?

“I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do next.” “Is there anything else you need from me?” “What are you asking of me, exactly?” “Just tell me what to do.” I’ve had a long-running battle over the issue of job descriptions for volunteers. Early in my time here at the Summit, I was the job description ninja. Every team and...

“I Didn’t Sign Up For This.”

What happens when your team changes horses mid-stream? What do you do when your original job description gets dismantled? How do you maneuver the challenges of an ever-changing organization?   There are times that...

Why You Don’t Need To Say “Need”

If I were to ask you the question, Does your church need volunteers?, I’m confident the answer would be a resounding YES. In fact, I’m somewhat confident that your “yes” would follow a series of chortles, guffaws,...

Defend Your Volunteers

If you’re a ministry leader, you’re eventually going to create a practice, policy, or procedure that’s not all that popular. And chances are, your volunteers are going to be the ones to enforce that...

Giving Recognition

It was Ephesus, and it was spring. Which year, exactly, we don’t know, but we know that it was spring, and we know that the apostle Paul was putting the finishing touches on a...

Is It Time To Shut ‘Er Down?

As I type, I’m sitting in my sometimes-remote-office, Starbucks. It’s Tuesday, May 29, in the year of our Lord 2018, and we’re 90 minutes away from The Shutdown. If you’re in the distant future...