Community Builder
About Me: 

Program Coordinator with ServiceLink, and Resource Catalyzer with the Connections Project, working from the Burlington (ON) office.

Interests: 

I am a member of The Carpenteros and Friends, a group that began at Calvary CRC (Flamborough, ON) and has expanded to include members from several other CRCs and non-CRC churches.  For the past 17 years, the Carpenteros have been supporting community development in Honduras through short-term service teams and various fundraising activities that support micro-finance cooperatives, agricultural and sanitation projects, health and nutritional training, justice advocacy, and crisis/emergency relief, in partnership with World Renew, Diaconia Nacional, and other Honduran partner agencies.  Funds to support this work are primarily raised through the 'Building Hope for Honduras' banquet, normally held on the last Thurs. in September, and through a Valentine's Dinner.

In partnership with Diaconia Nacional of Honduras, the Carpenteros also coordinate the Rio Olancho Direct Trade Coffee Project, which provides training and support for coffee growers in Olancho.  They are paid a premium for producing high-quality coffee, which is the exported to Canada and distributed in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Article
11 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

When Volunteers Aren't Working Out

Here are some suggestions for removing volunteers who aren’t working out.

Ministry Coordination
Job Description
465 views
0 shares
0 rating
2 comments

Job Descriptions for Elders and Deacons

View sample job descriptions for elders and deacons that can be modified to suit the specific needs, priorities and circumstances within your congregation.

DeaconsElders
Article
186 views
4 shares
0 rating
1 comment

50 Ways to Take Church to the Community

No longer can we simply ask, “What can we do to get people to come to our church?” We must also consider, “How can we go into the world to encounter those in need of the gospel?”

Community EngagementEvangelism
Article
21 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Doing Community Ministry in the Small Church

Sometimes small congregations assume that any significant community ministry effort is beyond their reach. Read how a smaller church can make a big impact in their community.

Community EngagementEvangelism
Article
130 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

10 Ways to Reach Unchurched People at Christmas

Pastor Carey Nieuwhof shares ten ways your church can be involved in the unique opportunity to reach people at Christmas.

Evangelism
Policy or Guidelines
414 views
0 shares
2 rating
2 comments

Requiring Background Checks for Volunteers

If your congregation is still wrestling with the question of whether or not to require background checks, here are a few guidelines to help you through the evaluation process.

Church Admin & Finance
Article
11 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

50 Ways to Increase Active Engagement

Attached you will find a document with lots of ideas on how to increase active engagement in your church's ministries. Take a look!

Ministry Coordination
Article
14 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Being an Effective Leader of Volunteers

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.

Ministry Coordination
Article
13 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Parting Ways With Volunteers

Disengaging a volunteer can be a delicate and challenging situation for ministry leaders, but the following articles may give you some guidelines and advice.

Ministry Coordination
Resource
13 views
0 shares
0 rating
0 comments

Developing a Plan for Engaging With Volunteers

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.

Ministry Coordination