Here are 10 suggestions for recognizing your volunteers and showing them your appreciation.
Faith formation is an elusive term. How do we know if faith is being formed in children, teens, and adults, and does faith look the same for everyone?
A great article from "Faith and Leadership" came out today with some good suggestions for building an effective team. These suggestions may be helpful in your church council.
Curious what the Connections Project teams have learned after just six months of talking to congregations and individuals about ministry resources? Keep reading to find out.
Meet the three regional teams who are working with congregations in Southern California, Southern Ontario, and the US Midwest!
Attached you will find a document with lots of ideas on how to increase active engagement in your church's ministries. Take a look!
Leading volunteers to use their energy and gifts to serve the local church can be a tremendously rewarding experience. But leadership always brings its challenges. The following articles may be able to assist you in your leadership role.
Disengaging a volunteer can be a delicate and challenging situation for ministry leaders, but the following articles may give you some guidelines and advice.
In order to assist you in developing an effective Volunteer Engagement Strategy, ServiceLink has prepared the attached document outlining 13 Tips for Engaging God's People in Ministry.
Attached is a Ministry Evaluation form tool that was developed by one church to assist in evaluating their ministry programs by gathering feedback from volunteer ministry leaders.
ServiceLink has prepared a series of downloadable documents that can assist you in creating job descriptions for a variety of volunteer ministry positions, and that meet the needs and realities of your congregation.
The articles linked below can provide you with ideas and information for recruiting volunteers to serve in the ministries of your congregation.
The articles linked below can provide you with ideas and information for the orientation and training of your church’s volunteers.
The articles linked below can provide you with ideas and information for creating a more rewarding environment for your church’s volunteers.
To assist your congregation with strategizing and training for effective volunteer engagement, ServiceLink has prepared this series of articles exploring various aspects of volunteer engagement.
I recently wrote this text to bless our children's ministry leaders and volunteers after their fall informational meeting. Feel free to use and adapt for your own fall ministries.
Have you ever dreamed of a user-friendly, highly searchable, interactive, online resource library for all your ministry needs? Your dreams are about to come true right here on the Network!
There is a recent discussion over in the Church Administration forum about Ministry Volunteer Standards and Covenant that might be of interest. I thought there might be some who follow this forum who maybe able to contribute to the conversation.
I know one thing this site offers is a Spiritual Gifts inventory, as another church that is a member let me take the test to see what it was like, but it appears that is the tip of the iceberg.
Has anyone has used thier forms, applications or other resources?
What is great (or not...
Over in the Deacon's forum, someone is looking for advice about Spiritual Gifts surveys, and I know some Ministry Coordinators might have some helpful tips.
Find that question posted here: Deacons > Forum > Gift Surveys
Lately, I've been wondering if the volunteers at church are too busy. What do I mean by that? Well, we are a smaller church, which means that many, many people are on the list to do many, many different things. It would not be uncommon for someone to serve in nursery one week, serve coffee and...
What does your church do to thank those who serve each year in ministry?
Do you have an event? If you have an event to thank volunteers, who helps with it so the volunteers can just enjoy it?
Do you say thanks in worship?
Write a personal note?
I am really interested in...
Our church is thinking more about gifts-based ministry (helping people discover the gifts God has blessed them with and how best to serve the church and others) rather than needs-based ministry ("we need 3 volunteers for the nursery and 24 dozen cookies for the ladies tea.")
Who has seen...
Have you ever had to discontinue or end a ministry? What are the signs that it's time? How do you explain to the congregation that something is ending? What if you have a passionate volunteer, but it just doesn't make sense to continue to put other resources behind it (finances, staff time, etc...