Posts By Karen Kogler

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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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Let’s Talk About Serving

Do you talk about serving or volunteering at your church? Of course you do. In most every church, you can count on reading or hearing a “volunteers needed” notice every week. But other than recruitment, do you talk about it? The Bible certainly does. Here’s a list of things we could—and should—be talking about! The…

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Want Volunteers?Build Good Connections

There’s something about serving together that builds relationships. Spending a couple hours together stuffing envelopes, being on the team that plans the fall rummage sale, going on a mission trip together—all of these volunteer opportunities build connections. In fact, it’s not unusual for lifetime friendships to form among people who serve together. These connections often…

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Got Volunteers?Screen them

Reports of child sexual abuse are troubling and all too frequent these days. It’s especially troubling when the perpetrator is from a church. We want our churches to be places of safety, so most ministries now conduct thorough background checks on staff and volunteers who work with children. This does provide a small measure of…

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Retaining VolunteersSpeak the Truth in Love

If you have a problem with a volunteer, what do you do? We’d all agree that “speaking the truth in love,” from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (4:15 ESV), is the right way to handle problems involving volunteers. But most of us don’t take that path. We simply put up with the problem. After all,…

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Retaining VolunteersWhat’s Working?

When you’re planning a vacation, you have a good idea of your budget and potential expenses. When you’re exercising and watching your diet, you how many pounds you’ve lost (or not). When you own a small business, you know the total of yesterday’s receipts and last month’s bottom line. We measure what’s important to us….

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Retaining Volunteers“It Matters!”

Everyone knows we need to thank volunteers. No doubt about it; saying thank you is important. But it’s equally important to affirm our volunteers. Affirming volunteers is simply letting them know that their work matters. Giving our time costs us something. We need to know that our effort—at this time, in this place—makes a difference…

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Retaining VolunteersBuild Relationships

It’s no secret. People need people. Sociologists, psychologists, and theologians agree. It’s become even more essential as we are pulled apart by hectic schedules, geographic mobility, consumerism, affluence, and technology. The result: people who are hungry for relationships. Relationships are important to God. He exists in a Trinitarian relationship with the Son and Holy Spirit….

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Retaining VolunteersDelegate Well

Are you good at delegating? Most of us aren’t. We didn’t go into church work, or become a church volunteer, because we love to delegate. We serve in order to get things done. To some, delegating tasks may even feel like cheating! But we in the church, of all people, should make delegating a priority….

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Retaining VolunteersA Good Start

At a job interview, or on a first date, you know the first impression is important. It’s just as important if you want to retain that new volunteer you just recruited. What will their first impression be of the task you’ve recruited them to do? A volunteer once told me about her first experience serving…

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