Tag Archives: volunteers

What happens when YOU don’t show up?

By Audrua Malvaez For the first Sunday in years I was awake and dressed hours before I needed to be at church. The clock ticked to 8 am as I walked into the emergency room of my neighborhood hospital. As I tried to keep the nausea under control and communicate my symptoms to the nursing staff, my phone sat silent. ...

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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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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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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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