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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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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We often think of what volunteers can do for the church, but there are things your volunteers need from you.  In fact, without these three things, volunteers will not feel successful.  Failure to do these three things will result in volunteer burnout. Here are three things every volunteer in your church needs.   1.  They…

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If you’re a senior pastor, chances are, you’ve probably heard a statement like this from a staff member or a children’s ministry volunteer: Pastor, we need some more volunteers….can you preach on that soon? Though you’re called to preach the gospel, teach the Word of God and champion the vision of the local church, sometimes,…

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