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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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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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6 Steps toward a Fabulous Fall

It’s deep summer—hazy and perhaps a bit lazy. But not yet crazy! Before you face the time crunch of late August … Before recruiting volunteers for fall programs puts you into a panic … Before you give up the luxury of time to slow down and think things through …Take some time with your team…

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15 Seconds to a New Ministry Idea

Don’t blink or you’ll miss it! Here’s a painless way to keep growing in your ministry skills and to find new ideas — even during summer vacation!  As you travel this summer, be sure to save the church bulletins you pick up at worship services in the churches you visit. Ask your co-workers to do this, too….

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The Master Matters

In one short, and often-overlooked, parable (Luke 17:7-10), Jesus describes an aspect of our Christian service. He begins with three rhetorical questions: If your servant comes in from a day’s work in the field, plowing or shepherding, will you invite him to sit down and eat dinner? Won’t you instead ask that he get cleaned…

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