Posts By Karen Kogler

Got a Problem with a Volunteer? Step 4: Speak the Truth in Love!

Editor’s note: This blog is the fourth 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 are running these blogs, one per week, on Wednesdays. Scroll back on this page to read the first three we’ve posted. Then…

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Got a Problem with a Volunteer? Step 3: Prepare

Editor’s note: This blog is the third 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 are running these blogs, one per week, on Wednesdays. Look for the next installment next Wednesday. Problems with volunteers must be dealt…

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Got a Problem with a Volunteer? Step 2: Look in the Mirror!

Editor’s note: This blog is the second 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 are running these blogs, one per week, on Wednesdays. Look for the next installment next Wednesday. As background to this blog, read…

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Got a Problem with a Volunteer? Step 1: Face It!

Editor’s note: This blog is the first in a series of five in which CTA contributor and volunteer expert Karen Kogler discusses ways to deal with volunteers whose service becomes a challenge. We will run these blogs, one per week, for the next five Wednesdays. If you told me you’ve never had problems with a…

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Top Ten Ways to Discourage a Church Volunteer (Part 2)

Last week in this column, we began to explore a few of the ways we unintentionally make it difficult, if not impossible, for church volunteers to serve gladly. Here is the second half of our top ten list. 5. Avoid new ideas. New volunteers often bring new ideas. Simply saying,“We’ve always done it this way,”…

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Team Work

I was trying hard to get a project done in my office at church. I’d been trying all week, but it wasn’t going well. I kept getting interrupted by E-mails, phone calls, and people who dropped in. All needed a response. My frustration level rose, so I tried to figure out the reason behind all…

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Shared Wisdom–resources to help you lead and recruit volunteers

How do I recruit and retain good volunteers? How do I schedule them, maintain good communication with them, show my appreciation, and lead them? How do I handle the problems that arise? These common church challenges are easier to face when we pool our knowledge and experience. Too often, we fight on alone. We’re wiser…

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More than a Picnic–Helping Volunteers and Staff See Results

We had a wonderful church picnic this summer: lots of food, fun, and fellowship on a beautiful, sunny day. As I sat in the shade eating ice cream with my mother-in-law, I marveled at the activity all around me. It was the body of Christ at work. Hard-working men sold the delicious hamburgers, brats, and…

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