Posts By Karen Kogler

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Recruitment Basics 3Want Volunteers? Invite Them

Volunteer recruitment is often one of the most dreaded tasks in the church, but perhaps that is because the method is flawed. Let’s look at recruitment with a fresh perspective. Recruitment is invitation. When you recruit, you’re inviting someone to consider an opportunity to serve. Remembering this truth makes the process easier, more pleasant, and…

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Recruitment Basics 2Want Volunteers? Spell It Out

If you were looking for work, would you feel comfortable about a job where the responsibilities were only vaguely described, where the hours and benefits weren’t mentioned at all, and where your questions didn’t get clear answers? Me neither.  Yet that’s how we recruit volunteers – with a short, general request for help in the…

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Recruitment Basics 1Want Volunteers? Avoid This!

“Help! We need more volunteers!” You hear that a lot around churches. If you’re working with volunteers, you probably don’t have enough. It’s true whether you are a pastor, church staff, or a volunteer yourself. Volunteer recruitment is not only a continual concern, it’s a vital concern for the church. The church is the body…

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Train EVERY Volunteer!

Editor’s note: This article, written by Karen Kogler, first appeared in Share in mid-July. Since we know many regular readers were on vacation then and since we believe so strongly in the importance of training volunteers, we are reprinting it today. Many blessings as you recruit and equip volunteers for the new year of ministry ahead! Employers train new…

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Train Every Volunteer!

Employers train new hires. Teens are trained to drive. Personal trainers help you reach your exercise goals. Training is common everywhere . . . except the church. Most churches feel they’re doing well if they offer Sunday school teacher training. The reality is that every church volunteer should be trained for ministry. But aren’t most…

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Train Every Volunteer!

Employers train new hires. Teens are trained to drive. Personal trainers help you reach your exercise goals. Training is common everywhere . . . except the church. Most churches feel they’re doing well if they offer Sunday school teacher training. The reality is that every church volunteer should be trained for ministry. But aren’t most…

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Where’s YOUR Church?

“Where is your church?” If you asked me that, I could give you a street address in Arlington Heights, Illinois. But I’d rather answer it by showing you the three large maps on display in our church lobby. One is a world map. Another is a map of Arlington Heights and the neighboring suburbs. Between…

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How to Delegate (part 2)

Delegating is a vital skill for church workers, both staff and volunteer leaders. (Scroll down or click here to see last week’s article about delegation.) Delegating takes time and effort. It involves risk. Still, the potential results make it well worthwhile. And it’s a skill that improves with practice. The steps: 1. Plan ahead. You can’t…

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How to Delegate (part 1)

“Don’t do anything yourself.” That’s the advice I once received from someone I trusted, a member of my advisory board. She claimed it was the key to effective ministry in churches. My friend wasn’t encouraging laziness. She was stressing delegation. That conversation was one of the few times I remember discussing delegation with anyone over…

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Powerful Partnerships for Those who Work with Volunteers

Our local community food bank. The county park district. A nonprofit no-kill animal shelter. What do these three have in common? They all do good in the community, and one day last year our church was partnering with all three of them. While worship might well be limited to those who share our beliefs, the…

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