Church Sexual Predators – 5 Steps to Protect Your Ministry Against Sexual Preditors

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The recent allegations of child molestation by Stephen Collins is yet another example of how child abuse in America is growing at epidemic proportions. Stories about child abuse of minors seems to be a regular topic on the evening news with one disturbing allegation after another.

Churches are no exception to these accusations and should take steps to create a safe place for their children and youth. Read the Full Article →

Volunteer Engagement Strategy

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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 a good job of engaging their volunteers find that the volunteers are excited about what they do and give more than is asked of them. Read the Full Article →

4 Tips on Managing Church Volunteers

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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 certain that volunteer jobs are performed correctly. Read the Full Article →

Example Church Volunteer Job Description

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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 a role that best matches their personality, interests and skill-set. Read the Full Article →

Communicating Bad News to a Volunteer

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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 was tagged in that was posted on Facebook. Read the Full Article →

Can You Volunteer at a Church if You are Not a Member?

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Can you volunteer at a church if you are not a member?  If you haven’t gotten asked that question, you probably will.

Churches and nonprofit organizations are good at hosting events.  Whether that event is the annual Christmas production, a fall festival or the children’s summer vacation bible school, most churches host events throughout the year.  These events are often labor intensive and rely heavily on volunteer support.   Read the Full Article →

4 Reasons to Train Volunteers

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Training and developing people is one of the most important responsibilities managers have, and training volunteers is no different. When people have job tasks to perform it is the organization’s responsibility to make sure that person has the tools and training to carry out required tasks confidently.

4 Reasons to Train Your Volunteers

1. Consistency in Practice

Training volunteers with the same curriculum and technique creates consistency in practice. Read the Full Article →

Sample Volunteer Interview Questions

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Interviewing is an important part of the volunteer application process and is an integral part of  volunteer screening. A personal interview is one of the best ways to get to know an applicant and can help to ensure that the volunteer is matched to the best job for their skill set, interests and personality.

Another advantage of interviewing volunteer candidates is that it helps the organization get to know the volunteer. Read the Full Article →

Volunteer Application Process

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The volunteer application process is significant because it speaks to the credibility of the organization.  An efficient process helps volunteers feel confident with getting involved and helps to keep the application information organized.

There are many pieces to the application process and each step should be part of an overall process that prepares for the next step.

Application Packet

The volunteer application packet should be assembled with other pieces of information that the volunteer candidate will need. Read the Full Article →

Volunteer Satisfaction Surveys – 4 Opportunities to Ask Questions

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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 facilitates two-way communication between the organization and its volunteers. Read the Full Article →