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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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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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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As part of our #ShareTheLove effort, we want to talk about sharing the love with the next generations, both within and beyond our churches. We want to influence these generations, and to do that we need to make the most of their worldviews, their creativity, and their knowledge of current affairs and technology to increase…

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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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When volunteers are recruited, trained and released into ministry, there is a risk that they will still start to pull in different directions. Without someone to champion volunteer connections, volunteers can quickly become discouraged with their progress and confused about their specific roles and responsibilities. My friend Tim Stevens used to always say, “Unless it’s…

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A few months ago, I worked with a local church to help them overcome a specific problem.  This particular church had a leadership issue.  Specifically, they had a lot of people to do things but was having trouble turning volunteers into leaders.  They could get a lot of people to show up to a work…

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If you have been in church work for very long at all then you have felt the need for more volunteers. You know who you are. You need more teachers to teach, more greeters to greet, and even more ushers to well, ush. …whatever that is. I have been around some really small churches with…

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Volunteers should be the MOST inspired people in your church. Sadly, many volunteers in the church are on the fence and on the verge of burnout. Volunteer positions that are unfilled, cause a select few to do double or triple duty.  This leads to burnout and the whole cycle is stuck on repeat. Why do…

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