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Tracking What’s ImportantAsk Karen

Editor’s note: Today, we continue the series titled “Ask Karen.” CTA’s volunteer expert, Karen Kogler, will answer one of the most pressing volunteer-related questions facing church leaders in 2017. If you have a question you’d like to ask Karen, just post it in the comments section! Question: Our church just got new software and it…

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25 Ways to Use Volunteers in Children’s Ministry

When you work with children as a teacher, youth group coordinator, or other kids’ ministry leader, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Along with caring for the children during class time, you have a to-do list that’s a mile long. It seems like you have one million tasks to complete each week! Could you use some…

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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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2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – Who Do We Appreciate?

This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, but we know volunteerism has no season. Spring. Fall. Summer. Winter. In every season, many ministry efforts in churches are winding down. Others are kicking into high gear. None of them would succeed without a serious investment of time, thought, and effort on the part of volunteers and…

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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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How to Say (and Show) Thanks

In 20 years, she had never cried in church. She came to church to sing, to sing with others in the choir. She sang at Christmas and at Easter. She sang with wet hair in March, after dashing into the building through a cold downpour. She sang with cold feet in January, after braving icy…

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