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Posted by Nicole Cochran on 2/14/18 7:00 AM

7 Helpful Tips For Children's Ministry Success

Children's Ministry is a key component in the growth stages of development for every child walking into your church doors. From infants until youth ministry, there is an amazing opportunity to show God’s love, grace, and redemption in tangible ways through your children’s ministry.

Here are seven helpful tips for a Children’s Minister to achieve success in 2018.

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Posted by Katie Chapman on 1/4/18 7:00 AM

3 Qualities Of Outstanding Church Volunteers

We’ve all seen them – they’re the person you see at the door every Sunday, greeting you with a grin and a good morning. They’re the person wearing a “how can I help?” lanyard. They’re the person who writes thank you notes, runs to the dollar store for supplies, and organizes the lunchtime devotional schedule during the mission trip. They’re behind the scenes – filling out forms for you, herding children back to their parents, championing and cheerleading every step of the way as God moves in ministries. 

They’re usually not on staff, and usually their work goes unnoticed. They’re constantly behind the scenes but without them, a ministry wouldn’t work as effectively.

They’re your volunteers, and they’re vitally important. So how do you get from needing a solid base of volunteers to having a volunteer team that maximizes the work of ministry or organization is doing?

As you’re building a team of volunteers, look for some of these key traits below. 

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Posted by Meredith Mohr on 12/21/17 7:01 AM

4 Ways To Grow Your Volunteer Team In The New Year

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Posted by Maggie Richter on 12/14/17 7:00 AM

4 Essential Keys To Invite (Not Recruit) Volunteers Into Your Children’s Ministry

Many children’s pastors and directors agree on how difficult it is to attract and keep volunteers for their ministries. As a former children’s ministry volunteer director, I experienced these struggles regularly. While the perfect solution to this problem doesn’t exist, considering the importance of "quality over quantity" is a great start.

In our free webinar on How To Build & Grow A Stellar Children's Ministry, we talk about the importance of inviting your congregation to serve. Inviting your congregation to serve - as opposed to requiring them to do so - can make a big difference in retaining quality volunteers.

Below are four ways to invite and onboard new volunteers into your children’s ministry.

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Posted by Marisol Rubio on 11/29/17 7:00 AM

5 Ways To Show Gratitude For Your Volunteers This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on all the blessings God has given us and to show our genuine gratitude for those blessings by giving thanks. Perhaps one of the more important blessings a church can have is its volunteers. After all, what church would be successful in reaching others for Christ were it not for its army of key volunteers and lay people?

Thanksgiving season is a great time to show your appreciation to volunteers, and you don’t have to break the church bank to do it. Here are five simple, but heartfelt, ways to show your gratitude for volunteers and lay leaders in your church.

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Posted by Jamie Byrd on 11/23/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways To Fully Utilize Your Volunteers' Strengths

Volunteers are the lifeblood of every church, no matter the size. Sometimes, you don’t have the luxury of choosing from a huge pool of willing people for specific roles, placing them based on their gifts in a corresponding ministry. You might have to hope for dedicated congregants who will serve wherever there’s a need, giving their all in a ministry area that might not be the best match for their particular strengths.

As your ministries develop, however, the goal should be to recruit and develop volunteers who are a good fit for the area in which they are serving. But how do you do this?

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Posted by Sarah Hogan on 11/8/17 7:00 AM

4 Ways For Pastors To Increase Church Volunteer Service

I wish I could say organizing volunteers is like asking a kid if they want candy. The truth is, in today’s fast-paced, convenience-driven economy, finding volunteers to freely give of their time to fulfill ministry opportunities can be challenging at times.

One of the biggest myths of church volunteer participation is that people don’t want to give their time. Pastors, your congregation will follow you into service simply out of obedience in their submissiveness to follow you as you follow the Lord. If they were not willing to follow you, then they wouldn’t be a part of your congregation. All this to say, typically a lack of volunteer participation doesn't have anything to do with the willingness to serve.

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Posted by Byron Bray II on 10/4/17 7:01 AM

3 Characteristics To Look For In ‘Back Of The House’ Church Volunteers

At every successful restaurant, the staff and management are divided into two main areas—the front of the house and back of the house. Hosts and wait staff make up the "front lines" to the guest’s experience. Their cheerful demeanor and crisp attire leaves an excellent first impression. However, the chefs, cooks, dishwashers, and custodial staff keep the restaurant clean and guests fed behind the scenes. They, in some ways, provide the substance to the experience.

A church organization, similarly, ought to prioritize an excellent execution of the back of the house just as it does the front of the house to ensure that the congregation is cared for every step of the way. You might find our free guide to creating your church's volunteer agreements and job descriptions helpful as you shape these roles.

Here are three things to look for in these invaluable "back of the house" volunteers:

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Posted by Vanderbloemen Search Group on 7/13/17 7:00 AM

9 Ways To Develop And Empower Leaders Through Delegation

As pastors and leaders in the church, one of our biggest callings is to build up the people of the church, encouraging and challenging them to walk farther down the path of faith. One of the best ways we can do this is by bringing church members into the heart of ministry and empowering them to live as the hands and feet of Christ.

By inviting people into our ministry and delegating responsibilities, we not only increase the work of the church, but also build up our people.

Below are nine steps to raise up leaders through delegation.

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Posted by Rusty Gates on 7/12/17 7:02 AM

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