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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...

Summertime is Sabbatical Time

On July 8, 2008, the Connective Tissue blog saw the glowing blue light of day for the very first time. Almost ten years and 2,000 posts later, I’ve decided to take my first official...

You Need To Be More Pushy

“Pushy” isn’t an adjective we normally embrace. Pushy people are to be avoided, not cultivated. But there’s a scenario where “pushy” works to the advantage of both the pusher and the pushee (yes, you...

Danny Recommends: Teaching Notebook

Every so often we dip our toes into a series called Danny Recommends:, posts that tip you off to the stuff that I…you know. The recommendations might be products for use in your ministry, resources that...

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”?...