How to gain, train and retain volunteers by Ben Crawshaw We’ve made the system easy to remember (if you know your ABC song). 1. ATTRACT: You have to attract the right kind of volunteers into your ministry. Some people may use the word “recruit” or “persuade” or “guilt”. Whatever the language you use, I think…

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Better Safe Than Sorry by Ben Crawshaw When parents drop off their kids at various places in your church, they should feel confident about their safety. This means that your church is ready for the expected and the unexpected. You have the right policies, and the right people, in place. A Child Safety Training system helps…

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by Ben Crawshaw Regardless of the size, denomination, or location of your church, you have processes. The question is … are those processes streamlined and effective? Or random and chaotic? In this video, I talk about what the most effective churches do differently than those that struggle. Watch the video and answer the question for…

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7 Side Effects of Leadership Hoarding

Not giving away leadership. We’ve seen it countless times in local churches.  Senior pastors in local churches say they want to build a preaching team.  They hire a staff of talented communicators.  These communicators are young, energetic, charismatic, and funny.  They add tremendous life and vitality to the church.  People are naturally drawn to them…

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So many church leaders face a crisis when it comes to volunteer development. Many good-intentioned church members graciously promise their time for events or staffing, but life gets the best of them and their dedication wanes. Or maybe you find yourself depending on the same core group, week after week and season after season. You…

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For most of us, the summer months mean kids are home from school, vacations are right around the corner, and barbecues are par for the course. There are several options to keep summer attendance and community presence high for most churches. Focusing on things that affect the families of the church or community is sure…

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When you think about a financially healthy church, what comes to mind? Is it the church with a large budget? Is it the church that can put on a full production each week for worship services? Or maybe you think about the church that just reached their goal for a large building campaign? Regardless of…

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This review of Rocket Donations, our new online tithing platform, comes directly from Keyla Wright, who’s on staff at InSoul Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Here she is with her team… This is her review of the product… Here’s a little insight.  We have been with Rocket nearly 4 years or so. When we initially…

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Discipleship involves helping people take steps towards Jesus. This includes helping them take steps financially. If you want to lead a financially healthy church, then you need an intentional strategy for turning tippers into givers, and turning givers into tithers. If you’re like most pastors, there’s a part of this that sounds uncomfortable. Perhaps you…

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