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Are Your Volunteers Too Busy?

I sort of secretly hope that those leading these ministries at my church ... don't find this post. I'm afraid they will panic if they find out I've suggested people do less at church. But that's not what I'm suggesting. Rather, I'm suggesting that people do more — more of what they are gifted to do.

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How does a church shift from "needs-based" to "gifts-based" ministry?

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 this transition in their own church? How did it go? Are you in this transition? How is it going? Is your church now leading a strong, gifts-based ministry, with people equipped and passionate to serve? Can you provide advice or encouragement for those of us working in that direction?
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Sticky situation: when is it time to discontinue a ministry?

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.)? I feel I should qualify my question by stating that this is purely theoretical at the moment, I'm not actually facing this question. Rather it comes more from the perspective of how to best use a finite number of volunteers and ministry funds. Say we want to "make room" for new ministries, but it's...
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What have you found effective to help church members discover their spiritual gifts?

A couple of the tasks in my job description are, "Develop and implement a process for identifying and developing members gifts, talents, and passions for ministry" and "Assist with finding gifted members to join in the ministries." My guess is that other Ministry Coordinators probably have similar tasks in their own job descriptions. I was able to get a great head start on some ideas for teaching about spiritual gifts from somone I connected with here on the network (Thanks, Denise!) but I was curious what other ideas might be out there for this aspect of ministry. What have you found...
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Can You Really Rest on Sundays?

Is Sunday a work day for you or not? If not, are there challenges in protecting your day of rest when you attend worship where you work? If your congregation considers Sunday as a work day for you, how do you find space and time for renewal on another day?

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