Here’s some great Volunteer articles I’ve stumbled across over the last month. Pass them onto your Team!
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I’m excited that our volunteer team has recently begun monthly meetings to talk about the ministry, share stories, pray for one another and keep up to date on the happenings of the church. I would love to do a book discussion for our team, as a way to expand the conversation and to sneak in some training in an engaging way. I have to admit, I’m all over the map with which book to choose.
Originally, I thought about Formational Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckworth. Though it’s a great book, inspirational, and profound – it seemed a little much for our first book discussion. I’m presently considering Creating Magic or Simple Church, which now that I think about, seem to be a bit contradictory. I’ve also kicked around a few leadership books, or something unconventional like Don Miller’s books. I want it to be a fairly easy read, but something that is going to be useful and applicable.
God was the feature story in USA Today, but not in the way you might think. Based on the work of Froese and Bader and their book, America’s Four Gods, USA Today described the four ways Americans perceive God. The research comes from 1,648 U.S. adults in 2008 and 1,721 in 2006 – 90% percent of whom say they believe in some type of God.
The Four Views
Becoming Orange is a tall order. Reading through Reggie’s book inspires so many great ideas, many of which you want to implement immediately! Just like Barbara talked about in “The Despair of Too Many Ideas”, it’s hard to know what to do with all this Orange thinking.
After I read Think Orange, scribbling furiously in the margins, I also picked up Collaborate and devoured it. I had so many ideas floating through my head, I made a giant poster, divided it into months and starting filling in all the great family ministry ideas. By the time I was done, I had four potential events in every month – clearly a recipe for disaster. And this was all just in the Children’s Ministry department. I had not even stopped to think what the other directors might have planned for the music department, outreach, or youth group.
Just as Reggie explained in chapter six of Think Orange,
“…one of the problems in church is over-programming. We are competing not only with each other but with the family unit itself” (124).
“Nothing can cause havoc like… independent leaders pointing people in different directions. Frequent communication between all those in charge is essential to avoid potential collisions” (112).
So what has been our brilliant yellow initiative? Staff meetings. I know, it doesn’t sound like much of a revolutionary move, but it has made a big difference in my ministry. How?