Posts By Karen Kogler

The Power of a Good Story

Have you ever filled someone in on the plot of a good movie or book? Shared a favorite memory? Talked about the day’s events over the dinner table? Stories are part of our daily life. Stories catch and hold our attention. They encourage and move us; they teach and motivate us. A family’s stories unite…

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Help Your New Members Serve

When you welcome new members to your church, help them volunteer! Most appreciate the help and Scripture teaches its value. (See last week’s blog, “New Members Make Great Volunteers” above) This is how we do that at St. Peter Lutheran in Arlington Heights, Illinois. First, we teach our new members, including those who transfer to…

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New Members Make Great Volunteers

Looking for volunteers? Talk to your newer members. Only about 10% of church newcomers have the self-confidence and initiative needed to jump into volunteering at a new church on their own. The rest need a warm, personal invitation and our encouragement. When newcomers read the ‘help wanted’ announcements in the weekly service folder or monthly…

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Called to Serve Together — Called to Serve, Part 4

If it’s so exciting for a believer to be called to serve (See Called to Serve, Parts 1- 3), why are most churches so short of volunteers? Let’s start by checking our attitudes. We who serve in churches, staff and volunteers alike, are busy people who care about ministry. We believe every member should volunteer,…

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Calling Frees Our Service— Called to Serve Part 3

Calling is personal. Calling powers our service. But, best of all, our calling frees our service. Oz Guinness, in The Call, expresses it this way: “I work for an Audience of One. Before anyone else, I have nothing to prove . . .  nothing to gain . . . nothing to lose.” Because Jesus calls…

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Fuel for Service–Called to Serve Part 2

Can you imagine God milking cows or changing a diaper? It sounds silly, but Martin Luther, the 16th century monk who ignited the Reformation, used these pictures as he talked about the various callings our Lord places on the lives of his people in everyday life. In writing about this, Luther transformed culture! Many in…

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Lord, What are You Calling Me to Do?– Called to Serve Part 1

How many calls did you take yesterday on your cell phone or on the office land line? Christians get one particular call every day, but I’m not talking about a phone call. I’m talking about the call to serve. Now, if you’re a church volunteer or staff, you know about serving. You serve in many…

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How Our Church ‘Left the Building’

If you’d like to see a swarm of church members serving the community on a Sunday morning, read about our experience with “The Church has Left the Building” (scroll down to this blog). Here’s what our first foray taught us: Pastors and key leaders must all be supportive, since Sunday morning is the prime time to…

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The Church Has Left the Building!

Imagine your sanctuary or worship space as it looks when people are gathered on a typical Sunday. Now picture all those people leaving the building. But this time they’re not going home or out for brunch. Instead, they’re heading out to serve in the community. That’s the idea behind “The Church has Left the Building.”…

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Got a Problem with a Volunteer? Step 5: Follow Up

Editor’s note: This blog is the last in a series of five in which CTA contributor and volunteerism professional Karen Kogler discusses ways to deal with volunteers whose service becomes a challenge. We have published these blogs, one per week, on Wednesdays. Scroll back on this page to read the four previous installments. You’ve had…

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