9 Ways to Engage your Volunteers – While we wait out COVID-19

An unexpected day off affords me the opportunity to catch up on things I’ve neglected, cross off overdue items on my to-do list, or do some real strategic thinking. COVID-19 has opened up far more than a day. We along with our volunteers may be trying to replace...

Appropriate Affirmation or False Flattery?

Question: Our church has an unwritten rule that we don’t recognize volunteers because it is flattery. That doesn’t “feel” right, but how do I distinguish between flattery and recognition? Answer: On the surface it may be difficult to...

Culture Change: Teaching Volunteers to Beg!

by Al Newell “Begging” for volunteers makes long term recruiting worse. Desperate pleas create diminishing returns, dulling the ears of prospects. Worse yet, “begging” cheapens the value of the ministry position itself. Consider a dad of a teenage girl placing a...

Why Leaders of Volunteers Must Master Resolving Conflict?

Why Leaders of Volunteers must master the skill of conflict resolution with volunteers? Volunteer retention. Hesitant to jeopardize their paycheck, paid staff tolerate poor follow up, insecure bosses, or even abuse. Volunteers on the other hand are not having it! If...

Four Ways to Kill a Thriving Volunteer Ministry

Deathblow #1: Transactional volunteer programming replaces transformational ministry. Transformational volunteer ministries bleed the cause of the ministry, emphasize the connection to the gospel and experience changed lives. They are more concerned with the calling...

Seven Reasons Why Volunteer Ministries Fail

Seven Reasons Why Volunteer Ministries Fail by Al Newell Golf great Ben Hogan said that when a person stands over a golf ball, every natural inclination is wrong. For instance, I once swung so hard that the ball lifted two inches straight up and plopped back down in a...