Topic: Leading & Following

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A Little Something to Lighten the Mood

Editor’s note: Getting back into the groove of school is difficult for students, but it is just as hard for teachers! Today we’re posting some jokes written by our Smiles as You Serve author, Tim Wesemann. We hope the jokes will relieve some of your back-to-school blues as you continue to serve Jesus and those…

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Recruitment Basics #4Recruitment Tips

The first three blogs in this series talked about the basics of good recruiting: common practices to avoid, the importance of the job description, and how to invite people to serve. Future blogs will cover other angles of recruiting such as helping new members get involved, organizing ministry fairs, involving parents and seniors as volunteers,…

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5 Quick Team-Building Activities for Children’s Ministry Staff

The school year has begun! Hopefully, nobody on your staff is experiencing burn-out yet, but we know that working with kids can be tough. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of five fun team-building activities. Use one at your next staff meeting—they’re all quick and some can be pretty silly! Wear your attitude Supplies: laminated…

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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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So You’re in Charge? (Part 5)

Editor’s note: Today, we present the final installment of our summer series that focuses on five different leadership approaches. As you read Part 5, try to reflect upon how each leadership style (good or bad!) has a place in your ministry. If you have time, go back and discuss each blog with your staff. Work…

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So You’re in Charge? (Part 4)

Editor’s note: Today, we present Part 4 our summer series that focuses on five different leadership approaches. As you read each installment, try to see how each leadership style (good or bad!) has a place in your ministry. If you have time, discuss each blog with your staff and brainstorm ideas for improving leadership roles…

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So You’re in Charge? (Part 3)

Editor’s note: Today, we present Part 3 our summer series that focuses on five different leadership approaches. As you read each installment, try to see how each leadership style (good or bad!) has a place in your ministry. If you have time, discuss each blog with your staff and brainstorm ideas for improving leadership roles…

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So You’re in Charge? (Part 2)

Editor’s note: Today, we present Part 2 of our summer series that focuses on five different leadership approaches. As you read each installment, try to see how each leadership style (good or bad!) has a place in your ministry. If you have time, discuss each blog with your staff and brainstorm ideas for improving leadership…

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