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Challenges and Solutions to Make Your Church More Effective Today – Part 3

Challenge three – Grown-up volunteering Working with volunteers is very different from working with paid staff. Someone once said it was like the difference between a South American bolas and a set of planets around a sun. A bolas is a series of balls attached to a central point by rope, whereas planets only circle […]

Developing Younger Leaders: A Question of Motivation – Chris Hollies

So what does motivate you and I to do the things we do in serving within our local church contexts? This is a question that I pose to leadership teams within churches and the answers I receive seem to differ depending upon the ‘generation’ I am asking. In very broad general terms, here is how […]

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The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Part 7 – Bill Hybels

Myth 7: Volunteerism is a One way Deal — All Output, No Returns, No Rewards Quite commonly, a senior pastor will say to me, “Bill, our people are busy, they work hard in the market place, they’re raising kids, they’re doing stuff in the community. I just couldn’t ask them to do more than that.” […]

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The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Part 6 – Bill Hybels

Extract from Bill Hybels’ article, The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Myth 6: Volunteers Need Encouragement from Heaven but They Really Don’t need Much Encouragement from Anyone on Earth. We ought to clean up structures so that staff know exactly who their volunteer team members are and we should be creating cultures of inspiration. It doesn’t […]

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The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Part 5 – Bill Hybels

Myth 5: Volunteers Are Not Interested in Training or Development. Volunteers, generally speaking, love getting a little better at stuff. They would like to be a little sharper, their tools to be razor-edged. They would like to be developed. My opinion is that there should be training as well as on-going training whenever a volunteer […]

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The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Part 4 – Bill Hybels

Myth 4: Most Volunteers Want To Serve in One Role for a Lifetime. Let me reveal a nasty little secret about pastors and paid staff. When a pastor or staff recruit a volunteer and train them and help them figure out their spiritual gifts and finally place them in a critical role in some ministry […]

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The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Part 3 – Bill Hybels

Myth 3: Volunteers Are Free Help. I remember when we decided to do food service on our campus. It was a big decision. We knew that when we were going to provide food service that we were going to have to pay a small staff for a few key people. But we envisioned hundreds of volunteers […]

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The Seven Myths of Volunteerism Part 2 – Bill Hybels

Myth 2: Volunteers Are Only Capable of Doing the Busy Work of the Church By this I refer to the myth that volunteers are only capable of doing repetitive tasks that the paid staff doesn’t really want to mess with. That they’re only capable of doing the tasks that are low in strategic import. At […]