Let me start by asking you a simple question: Is there anything you can do at your church without the help and support of volunteers? I’d venture to say that if you really sat down and thought about it, your answer would probably be a resounding, “No!” That’s because volunteers are essential to the success…

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Delegate

How to Delegate for Better Results by Ben Crawshaw There’s a difference between being a DO-er and getting things DONE. And sometimes that difference is in effective delegation. Now before you say something like, “Look Ben, I’m the only official paid staff member at my church,” lemme say … “Hold on, pastor… because the principles…

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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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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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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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Volunteers, as a collective group, are one of the most valuable assets a church has. Not just because they ensure things get done – but because it helps members to connect Jesus’ will for us to serve with their own personal experiences. It instills values and provides opportunities to be the hands and feet, instead…

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As you might guess, our Volunteer Rocket coaching is primarily about helping churches get more volunteers. With that in mind, you may be surprised to learn there are instances when getting more volunteers can actually create more problems. The primary reason this happens is because you have a leadership shortage. If more volunteers create more…

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Genius is making the complicated simple, not making the simple complicated. Sometimes there are good practical answers right before our eyes to the issues we face. And one of the biggest issues pastors and church leaders face is how to gain, train, and retain more volunteers. In the April edition of Wired Magazine, the Cincinnati…

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