6 Painless Ways to Recruit This Summer

You probably need new leaders for the fall,

But recruiting may be the furthest thing from your mind right now!
Not to burst your bubble or anything… the summer is going to be over before you know it and you may be left scrambling for leaders. Last year’s leaders need to be kept on and if you hope to grow, new leaders will be vital to the health of your group!

How are you going to get new volunteers without killing yourself? Here’s a quick list of things to try:

3 Simple Rules that will Protect You

Carl wouldn’t be in prison today…

…if he had followed these 3 simple rules.

Rita would still be married, if she had stuck to them and a ministry couple I know, wouldn’t have had to move out of town, if they had put these in place right from the start.

If you, or someone you care about, could live by these 3 simple rules you could  all avoid being another sad statistic. #3 May be the most important of all…

The 4 Truths Everyone Needs to Know about Youth Pastors

Youth ministry has sometimes been criticized as ‘baby sitting kids” but it is more like shepherding sheep.

That’s not very exciting, is it?  “Come shepherd sheep!” You probably won’t find it on a Bible College recruiting poster anywhere in North America, but it is the call of the Master. “Feed my Lambs..” isn’t much better, but it is the job description of any of us who dare to bear the title “PASTOR.”

Jesus’ disciples noticed this one day. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few…

Considering the importance of the work. Here are 4 truths you need to know about youth pastors!

Team Leadership: Risks and Rewards

The Avengers got me thinking about team leadership.

In the past, church leadership emphasized a strong individual, normally a guy, with enough vision and force of character (charisma?) to attract followers.

Today, volunteers and other leaders want to be part of a team. They recognize that they have unique gifts and abilities. They want to shape the vision, own it, then be released to run with it. Some teams do it better than others. Here are some of the risks if it is done poorly and the rewards if you can do it right:

Caution: 5 Hazards Ahead

“Hurt people, hurt people.”

A pastor I once worked with often cautioned us on the staff. He was warning us that the wounded people we were attempting to help may harm us as we try to help.

This was very true when I tried to assist a woman who I saw across the street one evening who was being beaten by her drunk boyfriend. She had been thrown down in the street and the boyfriend was about to kick her. I ran between her and her assailant and received a vicious kick in the leg. I shouted at him, “I am calling the police!

5 Things Your Volunteers Need From You

What do you want from me?!!

Lina yelled at  me. She had every right. I wanted her to organize all of the youth resources but I gave her no training or instructions. No wonder she was fed up. Getting yelled at by someone who had been so eager to help, made me learn that I needed to change. Here’s a list of 5 things I learned that my leaders need from me.