Posts By Karen Kogler

When Dreams SHOULD Die

Have you noticed how often we hear of people “following their dream” or helping their children do that? Have you seen how many books and tools exist for finding your purpose or identifying your passion? There’s a good and healthy connection between dreams, purpose, passion, and volunteering at church or in another Christian organization. Someone…

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Keep Volunteers Coming Back

If you lead church volunteers, you probably think hard about how to keep good volunteers. After all, it’s a lot of work to recruit replacements—not to mention starting all over again with training! Sometimes we believe we have no control over attrition. After all, you can’t control the schedule of every volunteer. But in reality,…

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Recruiting Volunteers — Part 2

Editor’s note: This blog is the second in a two-part series, focusing on a key topic in churches—especially this time of year. In part one, the author focused on the recruiter’s attitude, the wisdom of honing in on people’s strengths and interests, and a way to expand your circle of invitees beyond members you may personally know….

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Recruiting Volunteers–Part 1

Editor’s note: Here’s Part 1 in a two-part series we hope you will find helpful as summer vacations wrap up and events begin anew in your congregation. Look for Part 2 on this site next Wednesday, August 11. When you realize you’ll need to recruit some volunteers, does your heart leap for joy? Or does…

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My Servant, My Chosen (A Free Devotion for Encouraging Volunteers)

“Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight” (Isaiah 42:1). Servanthood is a key theme in the lyrical words of Isaiah 41—53. God uses this term to describe the people of Israel, the coming Messiah, and others. Interestingly, “servant” and “chosen” are often together in these chapters. (See, for…

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Refreshing for Ministry

Ah, summer! For me, summer is sitting on my deck with a cold drink and a good book. It’s finding a trail where I can take a long, long hike. Whether we do it by resting, traveling, or scheduling fun times with friends, summer is a time for refreshment. In some churches, things slow down in summer….

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So, What Do You Do at Church?

Editor’s note: With this entry, we welcome a new blogger into the CTA Share family. Karen Kogler has worked in and around churches for a number of years. She brings to her work a passion for engaging and encouraging volunteers. Her website includes dozens of helpful articles focused on that topic. Take a look here!…

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