Leadership

How to Develop and Sustain a Volunteer Culture

This post is a contribution from Dale Sellers, the Executive Director of 95Network. Read more about him here. As I’ve worked with churches over the years, one topic that leaders consistently struggle with is the development of a strong volunteer culture. Churches depend on volunteers. But it often feels like there’s never enough to go…

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How To Give And Receive Feedback With Your Church Volunteers

This post has been adapted from episode 16 of our podcast. You can subscribe to the podcast here or read the transcript below.  Kevin Fontenot: Hey there, I’m Kevin Fontenot and I’m here with Scott Magdalein. We’re your hosts of the Thriving Ministry Teams Podcast, where we talk about all things related to church leadership, discipleship and…

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Top 8 Most Effective Church Outreach Ideas for Spring, Summer, and Fall

Churches grow when they focus on outreach. There are tons of ways to grow a ministry, but outreach initiatives have proven themselves as useful for decades. Outreach initiatives are cross-generational. Millennials and Boomers will engage in an outreach initiative…well, maybe not Gen-Xers, but that’s because the punk rock generation still has issues with institutions and…

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5 Reasons Your Volunteers Are Underperforming (And How to Fix It)

Every ministry leader who also leads volunteers can tell you stories about being frustrated with volunteers who are not performing well. If you lead people, you’re going to have stories, too. In the volunteer world, underperforming can look like a lot of different things. Sometimes volunteers will underperform by showing up late on a Sunday…

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4 Crucial Lessons Pastors Should Learn from Entrepreneurs

Many pastors are uncomfortable with relating any ministry experience to business experience. You often see pastors reject leadership principles or management strategies that are gleaned from business leaders. If you’re in that camp, skip to the bottom of this post. The rest is not meant for you. Why Entrepreneurs, Specifically? Among business leaders, entrepreneurs are…

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6 Steps to Develop Young Leaders in Ministry

There’s no shortage of articles talking about leading and developing young leaders. It’s a heavily covered topic because it’s so important. If you want your ministry to be around when you leave, and you want to leave a positive legacy in that ministry, then you need to develop young leaders. Aside from your legacy, you…

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