Church Volunteer Management

4 Tips on Managing Church Volunteers

by Patricia May 7, 2014
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Effective volunteer management is critical to the success of any nonprofit, church or ministry organization. Many churches rely heavily on volunteer labor because they don’t have the resources for paid staff. Successful churches have systems and processes in place to oversee and manage volunteers to ensure two things – a great worker experience and to make […]

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Example Church Volunteer Job Description

by Patricia January 7, 2014
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Effective volunteer management involves good communication and coordination of job duties. Like employees, it is important for volunteers to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and given the training and tools to perform job tasks. A well-run volunteer program will include a streamlined process to recruit, place and train volunteers in […]

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Communicating Bad News to a Volunteer

by Patricia December 4, 2013
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I recently had a manicure and pedicure by a delightful woman. We will call her Rachel to protect her anonymity.  When Rachel learned what I did for a living she shared an interesting story with me. Rachel tearfully shared that she had been fired as a children’s ministry volunteer because of a picture that she […]

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How Often Should We Run a Criminal Background Check On Volunteers?

by Patricia November 28, 2012
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  I recently had someone ask me how often they should run criminal background checks on volunteers.  I’m of the opinion that every volunteer should go through a thorough background screening as part of their volunteer application process and rechecked every couple of years. Gone are the days when background checks were only done on […]

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Volunteer Satisfaction Surveys – 4 Opportunities to Ask Questions

by Patricia September 26, 2012
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Volunteers give of their time because they care about the organization and have a passion for its vision and mission.  Keeping volunteers engaged ensures maintaining a long term relationship and one way to engage them is to provide an opportunity to offer feedback to the organization. This makes it important to create a system that […]

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15 Elements to Planning a Volunteer Appreciation Event

by Patricia August 7, 2012
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  Planning events to thank and show appreciation to volunteers can be fun and rewarding.  The trick is to be organized in the planning and strategic in the delivery. Whether you are planning a training event, an appreciation dinner, new volunteer orientation or a volunteer recruitment fair – the planning model should be the same […]

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Volunteer Engagement Strategy

by Patricia July 31, 2012
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Volunteers provide free labor for churches, and the secret to recruiting and retaining great volunteers, is to keep them engaged. This requires a volunteer engagement strategy which is based on the organizations’ ability to help them feel like what they do adds value, helps fulfill the mission and that they make a difference. Organizations that do […]

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Firing a Church Volunteer – 6 Steps to Letting a Church Volunteer Go

by Patricia May 15, 2012
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Church volunteers are the engine of the operation and without them most churches would not be able to support the services they provide.  Volunteers donate thousands of hours each year to sustain the functions of the church and need to be managed well to ensure continued loyalty.  Managing church volunteers can be challenging because they […]

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Church Volunteer Management – 12 Things Volunteers Expect

by Patricia April 11, 2012
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Volunteers give of their time to help a church fulfill its mission and have basic expectations.  Successful volunteer programs are able to create a positive work experience  by providing the organization and support to the volunteer and their job assignments. People who donate their time naturally expect to have a positive experience.  Good volunteer management […]

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Church Volunteer Orientation – 10 Points to Cover in Church Volunteer Orientation

by Patricia December 15, 2011
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The beauty of a church community is the abundance of committed people who have an interest in helping the church achieve its vision and mission.  Volunteers are the engine of the church because they donate the man-hours to ensure everything gets done.  Having a well-run volunteer management program can help ensure a great experience for […]

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