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  • 8 Simple Gifts You Can Give Your Volunteers – That Won’t Cost You a Cent!

    By in Retain, Volunteers on

    THE GIFT OF LISTENING – no interruption, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening. THE GIFT OF AFFECTION – be generous with appropriate hugs, pats on the back, high fives, and kind gestures.  Let small actions demonstrate your love.…

  • Your Equipping Team Culture Doesn’t Have to Be Corny

    By in Lead on

    Our church stewardship team is growing corn. Even if your congregation was located in southern Illinois (like mine), this statement might cause you some concern.  Growing corn for stewardship?  Why?  Whose idea was that? This ministry idea actually ended up…

  • “Top Ten Reasons Why Volunteers Leave” Susan Ellis

    By in Retain, Volunteers on

    Having just reminded everyone of upcoming volunteer recognition events, we might also keep in ming that not every volunteer feels appreciated. American late night talk show host, David Letterman is noted for his daily, “Top Ten List.” With acknowledgement to…

  • Quit…or Stick?

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    Seth Godin’s little book, The Dip, addresses the question of when to quit and when to stick. The subtitle—a Little Book that Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) –is really what caught my attention. I’ve been wondering…

  • Make Safety Fun: Here’s a Fresh Idea

    By in Sunday School on

    Here’s a fresh approach to getting those dastardly background checks, permission forms, and volunteer paperwork done all at once! Host a church-wide “Not in Our Church” Safety Fair for all prospective and current volunteers. Include youth helpers, parents, and everyone…

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