Volunteers

From nuclear terrorist to youth minister

  Youth ministry: it’s not rocket science. But every now and then it is nuclear physics. A couple of weeks ago we put out an all-call for new voices to write for us. Not every week, but we see a lot of value in our members getting to hear from within, so to speak. We’ve had a pretty great response ...

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3 “Aha!” Moments I Didn’t Expect to Teach at Perkins School of Youth Ministry

  Ever had an aha moment?  An “aha moment” is defined as “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension,” according to Merriam-Webster.  I remember exactly where I was driving in my car when I had that crazy aha moment and realized as a young sales professional that not every adult wants to spend their free time volunteering ...

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Write for the Youthworker Movement

  Make all of your dreams come true! Or one of them, provided that dinner didn’t sit well and you were tossing and turning all night wishing you could mouth off about your opinions about Wesleyan youth ministry. That dream, my friend, is right around the corner. We are deeply interested in developing Wesleyan voices in youth ministry content. If ...

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What I Learned at the National Youth Workers Convention

  It was a great honor to be a part of The Youthworker Movement’s Seminars at NYWC in Nashville.  I appreciate the partnership with the good folks at Youth Specialties especially my friend Mark Matlock but most importantly Mindi Godfrey who made it possible to live out the vision of allowing us time and space to meet with our general ...

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Join Us @ NYWC for Youthworker Movement Seminars on Friday and Saturday!

  The Youthworker Movement Team is so excited to be holding our first ever general membership meeting thanks to the generosity of Youth Specialties!  If you will be in Nashville at NYWC this weekend plan to join us once a day and still take advantage of all the other great stuff happening during all the other times of the convention. ...

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The 4 Types of Volunteers and How You Should Manage Them

Erin Jackson Sharing Ideas

Are you a youth director wondering what your volunteers are really thinking?  For over a decade, I was on the church staff member side of the equation…now I love my role as a youth ministry volunteer.  The perspective of a youth director’s primary job is different on this side…whether you realize it or not, the most effective youth directors understand ...

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5 Simple Tips to Recruit and Keep Volunteers

Volunteer in Youth Ministry

I have this conversation at least once a month with a stressed out youth worker: “Jeremy, I can’t get/keep my volunteers.  No one wants to help, they don’t show up, and when they do they just stand off by themselves.  How do I get good volunteers, or even any volunteers?”  When people call me with volunteer woes, 75% of them ...

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Annual Lock-In/Lock-Out Do’s and Don’ts

  A long time ago in a far distant galaxy I actually believed Lock-Ins were a great idea.  But after establishing the annual Christmas break Lock-In, each year seemed to be more of a burden and less of a God-inspired idea.  As a matter of fact I came to believe that Lock-Ins were really Devil’s Play.  Then I heard about ...

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6 ways to stop being a complete jackhole to your volunteers

Volunteer in Youth Ministry

My phone at work almost never rings. I don’t mind. Most people that actually know me know that my office hours are scattered and that the best, fastest way to reach me is my mobile. So last week when the phone on my desk rang I was pretty sure it was a solicitor. They didn’t disappoint. The call was from ...

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The Power of Gratitude

I was one of those rare youth workers who early on was taken under the wing of a veteran youth worker.  Of the many things Les taught me, the power of gratitude is one that has stuck with me and helped me become a better youth worker. One of the realities of our ministry world is that we can’t do ...

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