by Ben Crawshaw Most of us know that the people who serve the church often sustain the life of it. It’s no shock that volunteers are the lifeblood of any church. Yet when it comes to recruiting volunteers, it’s often one of the hardest things. We feel overwhelmed so we just stop asking or we…

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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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Make a Difference

We moved to a new city when my oldest daughter was in Kindergarten. And when we looked for a church home, one of the most important things for us was location. We wanted a church close enough that it wouldn’t be intimating to invite our neighbors. Now, while this effort was noble, I didn’t take…

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Reinforce Vision Volunteers

Vision. When people ask you things like, “What’s your church all about?” Or, “As a leader, what’s your goal for your church?” they’re referring to vision. They want to know where you’re leading people. Vision is about more than the number of people who show up. It’s the why behind what you do or don’t…

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The Rocket Company just released a product called The Guest Services System. It’s all about how to move guests at your church from insiders to outsiders. One of the overlooked places this product illuminates is the information table. The information table is an important place. It creates a massive, incredible opportunity for you to engage…

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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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The only thing worse than a sparse auditorium on a summer Sunday morning is a sparse volunteer team at the same time. So how do you avoid a drain of summer volunteers ? Here are few ideas: Consolidate Positions Look around your ministries and see where you can consolidate positions so that fewer volunteers are…

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Let’s be honest. Sunday morning is impossible without volunteers. None of us have the budget to hire staff positions for everything. And if we did, we would still want people to experience the joy of serving. It’s difficult, however, to find great servant leaders. Most of the time we’re not even sure where to start.…

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“I’m convinced that the influence a church has on its community will be determined in large part not by the personality of the pastor, the size of its building, or how long the ministry has worked in the community. It will be determined, instead, by the percentage of involvement in the ministry of each member.…

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