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How To Recruit, Train, & Keep Great #KidMin Volunteers [Q&A]
Posted by Danny Watterson on 2/2/17 7:34 AM

How Leaders Of Multisite Churches Can Build Relationships With Volunteers

If you're the leader of a multisite church, it can be much more difficult to get to know your volunteers. Your responsibilities may be greater, and you’re stretched even thinner - possibly even having to drive between campuses. Yet, even though it may be more difficult, it remains just as important to get to know the people serving in your ministry.

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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 1/30/17 7:36 AM

Practical Ways To Retain Volunteers with Jared Hogue [Podcast]

The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.

In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, Holly talks with Jared Hogue, co-founder and CEO of Creative Sheep and the former Director of Children's Ministry at Church on the Move.

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Posted by Katie Viscontini on 12/20/16 7:50 AM

5 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas For Your Volunteers

'Tis the season to think about end-of-the-year thank you cards and Christmas gifts for the volunteers in your ministry. Christmas time comes as ministry budgets are running on empty fumes and staffs have hectic schedules. Below are five easy and inexpensive holiday gift ideas for the volunteers at your church.

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Posted by Gail Mayes on 11/21/16 7:28 AM

How To Show Appreciation To Your Children’s Ministry Volunteers Year-Round

Thanksgiving or Christmas time shouldn’t be the only time you celebrate your KidMin volunteers. Being a volunteer for Children’s Ministry isn’t easy, and unfortunately, it’s common to have a high volunteer turnover rate. Keep your volunteers by showing them how thankful you are for them and how valuable their service is to you and your church.

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Posted by Caroline Smith on 11/4/16 8:02 AM

The ABCs To Leading An Effective #KidMin Small Group

Imagine a room with a dozen elementary kids hopped up on snacks and juice: four boys are playing tag, a couple kids are playing leap frog, three girls are singing “Let It Go,” and several are arguing about who sits closest to the door. Sounds eerily similar to what many Children's Ministry small groups look like across America, right?

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 9/15/16 7:44 AM

12 Inexpensive Gift Ideas For Your Church’s Volunteers

Volunteers play such an integral part of every church. The truth is, most churches wouldn’t be able to survive without them. They perform a myriad of roles and allow a church to operate at a lower cost than it otherwise would. Showing appreciation for your volunteers not only makes sense, it’s imperative to keeping well trained and helpful volunteers happily involved in your church’s ministry.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 7/21/16 8:03 AM

5 Ways To Ensure Your Children's Ministry Is Safe & Secure

The most important role a children's pastor has in the ministry is keeping kids safe and secure.

Your Kids Ministry can and should be fun and engaging, and you can have a plethora of volunteers and exciting events, but the number one concern for parents is the safety of their most prized possessions while they're in your care. Earning parents' trust by having high security standards is paramount to keeping families engaged.

Here is a checklist of the top five ways to ensure your Children's Ministry stays effective for years to come by remaining safe and secure.

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Posted by Danny Watterson on 7/13/16 7:02 AM

7 Unique Volunteer Opportunities For Your Church

Utilizing volunteers in a variety of roles is not only vital for a church and its growth, but it's an important way to further connect with and engage your congregation. Having a wide range of opportunities for volunteers gives you a better chance of connecting with people who might not be interested in the traditional front-facing roles like greeting, collecting the offering, or working in the Children's Ministry. It also can be very helpful to offer alternative volunteer opportunies for those who cannot make a consistent commitment or commit to a certain day of the week to serve.

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Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 4/11/16 7:09 AM

21 Ways To Encourage Your Church Volunteers This Week

Keeping your church's volunteers happy and invested is very important in creating a strong church culture of service and growth. Here are 21 ways that church leaders can show their volunteers how much they appreciate their service. 

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Posted by Jeff Gilmer on 4/7/16 7:48 AM

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