Posts By Karen Kogler

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Millennial DilemmaAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled “Ask Karen.” CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: In the past year, we’ve had a huge…

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Tracking What’s ImportantAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled “Ask Karen.” CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: Our church just got new software and it…

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How to Write a Volunteer ManualAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled: Ask Karen. CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: Our volunteer program is really expanding. I want to…

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To Retreat or Not to Retreat?Ask Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled: Ask Karen. CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: I am thinking about hosting a spring retreat for…

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When Hearts are HeavyAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled: Ask Karen. CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: We have a care ministries team that deals with…

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I Have to Fire a VolunteerAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled: Ask Karen. CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: I have a volunteer who recently overstepped a…

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What Will a Volunteer Coordinator Do For Me?Ask Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we’re starting a series titled: Ask Karen. CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer some of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: The budget of our church’s volunteer program got…

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6 Ways Leaders Can Inspire Teamwork

Leading a team is hard work, but it’s also wonderfully rewarding. It’s also the God-pleasing way to do ministry in the church. When church leaders work as Lone Rangers, they prevent others in the body of Christ from using their gifts and rob them of the joy of serving. As Paul reminds us: The eye…

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Sacred and Secular Volunteering

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that religious organizations received 33% of all the volunteer hours given between September 2014 and September 2015.  That’s more volunteer hours than any other type of organization. It’s no surprise that churches talk a lot about volunteering. But, we rarely talk about volunteering through non-church-related organizations. It’s as…

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Are You a Good Steward of Your Volunteers’ Time and Talent?

As Christians, we aim to be good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. Church leaders put serious emphasis on their responsibility to be good stewards of the treasure—the financial gifts—that people give to their church. On the other hand, we rarely talk about church leaders being good stewards of the time and talent that…

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