What to Read

Rick Warren, Mental Health & Embracing Brokenness by Kevin Hendricks 
Last weekend Saddleback mega-pastor Rick Warren shared the terrible news that his 27-year-old son, Matthew Warren, committed suicide. Matthew had a history of depression and had long struggled with suicidal thoughts. Our hearts go out to Rick and Kay Warren, their family and their friends.  Read More.


Seven Things Pastors Wives Wished They Had Been Told Before Becoming Pastors Wives by Thom Rainer
I am especially grateful to have the opportunity to hear from pastors’ wives since much of my focus is on pastors. Our recent, informal survey simply asked the open-ended question: “What do you wish you had been told before you became a minister’s wife?”  Thank you to the pastors’ wives who were willing to give us such great feedback. And thanks to Chris Adams for doing the survey and to Amy Jordan for assembling the data. Read More.


Four Types of Staff Members by Perry Noble
Perry Noble shares four different attitudes a staff member (or ministry leader/volunteer) can adopt and how it will impact your ministry. Read More.


Why You Need to Delegate More by Ali Luke 
Do you live by the motto, “If you want a job done well, do it yourself?” And do you feel stressed out, rushed, or anxious a lot of the time? Read More.


Enchantment – Enchanting Volunteers by Wayne Hedlund 
I recently heard about a gentleman who left his church (after many years) because he had nothing important to do there. While he was telling his story, he included the fact that the church he was currently involved in almost immediately got him involved in ministry and he is active, excited, and doing a lot more than he ever imagined he would. He’s also considering full time ministry as a result.  Read More.


The Leader I Don’t Want To Be by Chad Veach
There are a lot of leaders I really want to be like (Brian Houston, Tony Dungy, Rev Run, etc) … and there are a lot of leaders I really DON’T want to be like! Here are a few… Read More.

What to Read About Preaching

Following are some great posts and articles on the topic of preaching and public speaking. Enjoy!


leaders_are_readersHow to Make Your Sermon Series Worth Talking About by Tony Morgan
Someone probably attended one of your services this weekend because a friend invited them. Invitations are a big deal; therefore, the conversations that precede these invitations are also a big deal. What intentional steps are taken by your creative team to help generate conversations worth talking about? Read More.


Sermon Series Planning Process by Phil Bowdle
One of the most common things church creative teams do is take a sermon series or service from idea to execution. Throughout the years, I’ve been surprised to see that most churches do not have an intentional system and process in place for sermon series planning.  Read More.


Um, Uh, and You Know: Killer Fillers in Public Speaking by Thom Rainer 
I wish I could say I didn’t do it. I have spoken in a few thousand venues as a public speaker. You would think I could avoid them. I’m better than I used to be, but you are still likely to hear them when I speak.  Read More.


How to, Umm, Eliminate Bad Speaking Habits, Like, You Know by Brandon Hilgemann
When I took my first public speaking class in college, I was excited. I wanted to be a preacher. Public speaking was going to be my thing. I thought, “This class will be cake! I get to work on my skills and get an easy A.”  When it came time for me to give my first talk, I stood up confidently and killed it! The best presentation ever. The class was speechless. When I sat down, the professor said the worst thing anyone can say after a presentation, “Any feedback class?”  Read More.


Preach Better Sermons Cliff Notes 2013 by Chris Zeiglar
Looking to get some advice on how to improve your sermons? Chris Zeigler from BASIC College Ministries has graciously agreed to share his notes from the recent “Preach Better Sermons“ online conference. This year’s notes feature advice from Steven Furtick, Lou Giglio, Donald Miller, Dave Ramsey, Mark Batterson, Andy Stanley and more. Read More.


Preach Better Sermons Cliff Notes 2012 by Wayne Hedlund
For anyone who missed the workshop on how to ‘Preach Better Sermons’. I watched it and decided to take notes for you (with help from my friends at Elim Gospel Church). This year’s notes feature advice from Perry Noble, Andy Stanley, Jud Wilhite, Jeff Foxworthy, Dan Cathy, Charles Stanley, and more. 
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When You Don’t Communicate by Ron Edmondson
Recently I was talking with a staff member of a larger church. She consistently fears the stability of her job. She never knows what her pastor is thinking. She’s considering looking for a new position, not because she doesn’t like her work, but because she isn’t sure about the future of her work. She claims that living with uncertainty is the standard when working on this church staff. Read More.


The 3 Levels of Public Speaking by Geoffrey Webb
A great public speaker isn’t necessarily a great leader, but every exceptional leader I know is an exceptional public speaker. It makes sense, since you can only influence people to the extent that you can connect with them. Read More.


Communicating For A Change by Wayne Hedlund
I’ve listened to a lot of public speakers. Unfortunately, many tend to operate under the assumption that they are ‘good’ speakers when, really, well, they aren’t. Don’t worry. I won’t name names (that way I can ensure my name stays off the list too). I think we can often come to the conclusion that we know how to preach, or teach, because people listen to us – and maybe even nod their heads at times. Read More.

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What to Read

Following are some more great articles I recently read and recommend to help your church succeed in fulfilling it’s mission. Enjoy.

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5 Characteristics of a Strong Mind by Michael Hyatt
No matter the circumstances around us, we will need to rely upon the mental toughness we normally look for in our heroes, not in ourselves.We admire heroes like Robin Hood and James Bond because they embody the characteristics that we’ve valued throughout the ages. Heroes let us feel what it’s like to have the mental toughness to break out of our boring little existence and enter into a much bigger world—one that is full of possibility. Read More.


The Difference Between Floating and Falling by Scott McClellan
Reichelt was a tailor who lived in Paris in the early 20th century and was determined to design a wearable parachute. Pay careful attention to this excerpt: “After conducting several failed experiments with dummies at low altitudes, Reichelt, who was convinced his design was perfect, decided to try the suit from a higher elevation and wear it himself.” Read More.


Gather Stories as if Lives are in the Balance by Mark Howell
Yesterday we talked about the 7 numbers that matter most in small group ministry.  As important as quantitative measurement is, today we need to talk about gathering stories, the qualitative aspect of small group ministry.  Why?  Let’s just say that while your ministry intelligence depends on the numbers we gathered yesterday, lives actually hang in the balance and depend on the stories you gather.  Read More.


Why Women Don’t Like Women’s Ministry by Bianca Juarez Olthoff
Have you ever stood knee-deep in a bad situation, yet believed good could prevail? Have you ever seen a company losing customers, yet saw the intrinsic value that the company possessed in the community? Have you ever seen an ugly duckling that you believed would morph into a swan?  I have.  Read More.

What to Read

Following are some more great articles I recently read and recommend to help your church succeed in fulfilling it’s mission. Enjoy.

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Is Your Ego Getting In The Way Of Building Trust by Randy Conley
Don’t kid yourself – you’ve got an ego and sometimes it gets out of control. You may not act like a pompous jerk in public, but if you’re human (and if you’re reading this then there’s a good chance you are), you’ve undoubtedly had those self-righteous, egotistical thoughts run through your mind from time to time whenever you’ve felt the need to impress someone or in response to a perceived slight. If you’re not careful to keep your ego in check, it’s likely that it’s causing you to erode trust in your relationships.  Read More. 


10 Ways To Be A More Strategic Church by Will Mancini 
#1 Schedule a special gathering for all leaders to inspire them with one goal for the next year. #2 Meet with a pastor whose church is 40% larger than yours and interview them.  Read More.


5 Steps When The Changes Are Over Whelming by Ron Edmondson
I’ll be honest. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. In my new position, there are more opportunities than time. I’m excited about the potential, but my calendar won’t hold anymore and my mind is exploding.  One day recently, I was driving on the road which leads back to Clarksville. I considered my schedule, the enormity of the challenge ahead, the dozens of emails awaiting a response and the people I was still having to say “no” to when they ask for my time, many who don’t understand why the pastor can’t see them right away, and I turned to Cheryl and said, “Right now I wish I could just keep driving and that this had been a nice little dream”. That wasn’t reality speaking or how I really feel. It was emotions talking. I knew that I was simply feeling overwhelmed.  Read More. 


Get Rid Of Drainy People by Maurilio Amorim
Every minute you spend with someone who is a negative influence in your life is a minute you could spend with someone else who could be helping you grow. While such thinking might sound self-serving, and it can be if all you care is yourself, it can help you make a smart choice about investing your precious time. Read More.

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What to Read

Following are some more great articles I recently read and recommend to help your church succeed in fulfilling it’s mission. Enjoy.

Pastor Wayne Cordeiro on Family interview by his son, Aaron Cordeiro
In this 8 minute video interview (by his son), Pastor Wayne Cordeiro shares key principles with pastors about how ministry and family fit together. Watch Now.


5 Things You Should Know About Communicating With Millenials by Maurilio Amorim
They are the most educated and studied generation on earth. Parents, teachers, marketers and communicators want to figure out how to successfully reach millennials. As a parent as well as employer of Gen Yers, I’m always glad to find new, helpful research. Recently, I read in Advertising Age an excellent article by Thomas Pardee on marketing to millennials that I want to share with you. After all, if you’re reading this, your life is and will be impacted by Generation Y. Read More…


How To Create The Kind Of Team Unity That Drives Results by Michael Hyatt
Unity is the state of many acting as one. It is an attribute of highly effective teams, whether in marriage, business, church, or government. Without it, progress stops. That’s why creating it—and preserving it—is so important. It is one of the most fundamental functions of leadership. But too often leaders are unclear in their understanding of unity. Read More…


What Did You Do Wrong? by Perry Noble
That is the question I most often get from church planters and other pastors when we are having lunch conversations in regards to beginning NewSpring Church. My answer is usually something like, “wow, we don’t have time in this lunch to cover everything;” however, I can hit some of the main things in this post today. Read More…


Senior Leadership Teams: Are you avoiding these mistakes with your team? by Tony Morgan
Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with over 50 churches. There are many, many healthy situations when it comes to senior leadership teams. Healthy leaders are, of course, in the best position to lead healthy churches. Along the way, though, I’ve identified some traps that can create challenges for both leaders and the ministries they lead. Read More…


How To Create A Life-Changing Presentation by John Richardson
The side lights dim in the auditorium and the speaker walks on stage. As they are introduced you notice something different about them. The way they are dressed commands your attention. They start to speak and you are quickly drawn into a powerful story. There is drama, tension, and intrigue. Soon you are tracking with them. You can relate to their struggles and you marvel at their tenacity. Soon they share how they overcame obstacles and found a way to prosper. And then they do something amazing. They offer to share their secret with you. You want to know more. You’ve been where they are, you’ve fought the battle, but you haven’t found a solution. As the speaker goes on, they mention they have a book and a step by step course of action you can take to change your own life. In your mind, you know one thing. You’re not leaving until you have the answer. You pick up the book, follow the instructions, and your life changes. Read More…

What to Read

Following are some more great articles I recently read and recommend to help your church succeed in fulfilling it’s mission. Enjoy. 

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What Do We Do With Church Announcements by Gary Molander
When I was a creative arts pastor, we’d have this ongoing weekly discussion about service announcements. We’d talk about the best delivery method, the best location in the service, and the best people for the job. During that time, I admit that I had quite the adversarial relationship with church announcements. They felt, to me, a bit like an exploratory colonoscopy. I knew how important the procedure was, but I’d rather not endure it. And while that’s too much information about me, you get the idea. Love. Hate. I did both. You’re probably like me. In my latter years, I’ve discovered that the foundational issue has nothing to do with the best delivery method, the best location, or the best people. The foundational answer has to do with David. Read More…


The Epic-Fail of Church Announcements by Adam Stadtmiller
Picture this scene. You’re in your pew. The worship is amazing, almost transcendent. The song ends in a moment of awe-filled silence. It’s just you and God. And then—train wreck; you are catapulted from a state of ethereal wonder to an awkward announcement about the church cookie bake-off or a video that never seems to have the sound start until seven seconds after it begins. Nothing in the history of Christendom, save perhaps the Second Crusade, rivals the ineffectiveness of the church’s ability to accomplish an intended purpose more than the medium of in-service announcements. Read More…


Sunday Morning Announcements by Wayne Hedlund
Remember our friend, Charlie Brown from the Peanuts comic strips and cartoons? You probably do, and you probably remember how realistic the sound of the school teacher was during those old fashioned episodes . . . “Wah, wa, wha, wha, wah, waah, wa, wah, whaa, wha, whah, wah.” Wow. Just quoting it reminds me of Jr. High History Class all over again. Question. Is that what your congregation hears during the Sunday Morning Announcements? I hope not. The announcements usually get a bum rap. Just for kicks, check off how many of the following are true at your church. Read More…


Preventing Slips & Falls In Your Place Of Worship by Church Mutual
Slips and falls occur regularly at worship centers across the country and follow the national trend of adults over the age of 65 accounting for the majority of those injured or killed. Preventing slips and falls is a serious issue for all worship centers and a concern that should be addressed for employees, members and guests of all ages and abilities. Read More…


3 Steps To A Godly Church Tech Attitude by Phil Schneider
If I’ve learned anything about being a “church techie,” it’s that the biggest tech-related problem in the Church just might be the tech guys’ attitudes. We see Church from behind the curtain, and sometimes that means that we look at our worship services, our graphics, our (insert your tech-related pet peeve here) with a bit of cynicism that the average congregant doesn’t have. Read More…


A New Kind of Gospel Tract by Brian Alexander
I dislike the traditional Church tract. I have never been a fan of handing out tracts, fake million dollar bills or funny little mind games as a statement of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, these little papers, booklets, etc have made me less motivated to actually witness to strangers because the way that these tracts have been poorly thought out. Would somebody really want to listen to you explain the gospel on a fake dollar bill? The answer, more often than not is, “No” – they could care less! However, I have recently discovered a new type of tract called The Story from Spread Truth Ministries. Read More…


Getting People from Point A to Point B by Tony Morgan
A few months ago, I was the visitor. Being on leadership at a church myself, I wasn’t seeking regular attendance there. I was simply attending an event they hosted so my 3 year old could have a new, fun summer experience. Unfortunately, an obvious lack of organization made the event awkward and uncomfortable. I didn’t know where to take him in the building. It was chaotic and…I didn’t feel welcomed. Read More…


Church Tech for Mortals by Eric Dye
(Note: You have to subscribe to the ChurchMag newsletter to get this e-book. It’s easy to unsubscribe afterwards if you don’t want the newsletter, but the e-book is worth getting.)

The goal of ChurchMag is to resource the Church through the most effective technology available. Many churches are already understaffed, especially when it comes to developing a well-conceived I.T. strategy. As a result, some may feel uncertain about what technology options are available, or nervous about investing money in products that may not prove useful. We’ve compiled this guide as a resource for the mortals among us who don’t have an exhaustive knowledge of the market. If you find yourself answering questions about Church Tech on a regular basis, we hope that this will serve as a valuable resource for you and your team. This book contains an overview of a variety of related topics across four themes: web, hardware, software, and networking. The appendix includes a list of recommendations found in the text to serve as a quick reference guide. Enjoy. Read More…

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What to Read

Following are some great articles I recently read and recommend to you for your continued growth as a leader. Enjoy.

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5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done by Allen Schowengerdt
We all do it. We put off that dreaded task for five more minutes, then for thirty minutes, then for another hour, until it doesn’t get done at all. And the worst part is we still weren’t able to enjoy our day. We spend so much time stressing over that looming task that it deprives us from actually being able to focus on other tasks. Read More.


Good Versus Great Leader (10 Things To Consider) by Perry Noble
A good leader makes assumptions…A GREAT leader asks questions! A good leader waits for feedback…A GREAT leader solicits feedback! Read More


Tattoo Thinking by Seth Godin

A tattoo is basically forever. You should think pretty hard before you get one, because it’s largely an irreversible decision. Just about every choice you make with your project and your career, though, doesn’t last forever. Read More. 


Developing a Reading Strategy by Loren Pinilis

We’ve looked at how to find time to read. But that’s only part of the battle. It’s good to read more, but we also want to read well. We want to think about what we read and how we read it. And a reading strategy is an invaluable tool to maximizing the benefit we receive from reading. Read More.


5 Ways to Think Like a Champion by Jon Gordon

I meet and learn from Champions every day. Not just in locker rooms but in classrooms, hospitals, homeless shelters, homes and office buildings. I’ve learned that to be a champion you must Think Like a Champion. Champions think differently than everyone else. They approach their life and work with a different mindset and belief system that separates them from the pack. Read More.


 

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This Week’s Great Links

Elim Fellowship Declares War on Malaria by Ron Burgio & Tom Brazell
This fall, Elim Fellowship is declaring war on Malaria. We ask that you join with us in combating the biggest killer in history, MALARIA! We are joining with the Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches of North America (PCCNA) and Word Vision in their War on Malaria. Malaria is history’s biggest killer. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, it takes the life of a precious child age five or under, EVERY 45 SECONDS! Nearly 2,000 kids die daily from this night predator…almost one million children every year. Mosquitoes ARE Malaria’s weapon of mass destruction. They kill children, they destroy families, and they impoverish communities. Read More.


Ben & Jerry’s, Chick-Fil-A & Political Correctness by Perry Noble
Let me begin by saying I absolutely LOVE Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. (Gonna go ahead and tell you that Oatmeal Cookie Chunk is THE BEST flavor I’ve EVER had!!) A few years ago I went to Wal Mart (the closest thing to hell I can imagine…that and the DMV), found my favorite flavor and decided to tweet that I was purchasing some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream…and doing so “unleashed the hounds” in a sense. Honestly, I’ve never experienced anything like it, “Christians” began @ replying me on twitter condemning me and scolding me for buying this product because apparently Ben & Jerry’s supported gay rights/same sex marriage. Read More.


Good Is The Enemy Of Great by Wayne Hedlund
“Good is the enemy of great.” So says Jim Collins, author of the book Good to Great. Checkout the opening lines from that book: “Good is the enemy of great. And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great. We don’t have great schools, principally because we have good schools. We don’t have great government, principally because we have good government. Few people attain great lives, in large part because it is just so easy to settle for a good life. The vast majority of companies never become great, precisely because the vast majority become quite good – and that is their main problem.” Read More.


No Dumping: 5 Keys to Effective Delegation by Ron Edmondson
I have seen, and probably been accused of, dumping responsibilities on people inappropriately and calling it delegation. This form of delegation actually does more harm than good for an organization, because it leaves projects undone or completed sub-par, kills employee morale and motivation, and keeps the mission of the organization from reaching its full potential. Recently I asked two of our staff people to whom I delegate frequently how I am doing in this area. It was a good conversation and helped write this post. The bottom line is that delegation involves more than just ridding oneself of responsibility. You can’t dump and run and call it delegation. Read More.


35 Quick and Simple Tips for Better Productivity by Mike Vardy
When people first begin exploring the world of personal productivity and task management, they either don’t know where to start or can’t seem to find their footing when they do. If you’re one of these people, I’ve assembled 35 quick and simple tips for better productivity – ones you can use right away and start to see results in your work and in your life. You don’t need to take on all 35 (in fact, I’d recommend taking on far less and returning to this piece as you feel comfortable taking on more), but each of them can be used to provide you with a sample of what improved productivity feels like. Let’s get started. Read More.


4 Truths Every Pioneer Should Know by Mary DeMuth
Pioneering is hard. It is especially hard for those around them. It is even hard for the pioneers themselves. Through God’s strength, I’ve pioneered a lot of things in my life. I parented my kids in an entirely different way than I was raised (and am still plowing that ground). I broke up the fallow ground of publishing, starting from nothing. And my family and I planted a church in one of the most unchurched places on the planet: France. So I get pioneering. Read More.

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This Week’s Great Links

Unlocking the Secrets of Church Sound by Josh Cummings
Poor sound can be extremely distracting. We’ve probably all been there: the worship leaders mic gives annoying feedback during the service, the preacher sounds like he’s underwater, or you can’t hear the lead vocals over the band during worship. Though it is often a thankless role, the church sound tech has the power to enhance or detract from the communication of the gospel in our church services. With that much depending upon one person, I thought I would give you a few tips on how to improve in this article on the art of mixing. Read More.


Trust: The Glue That Makes Everything Possible by Tony Morgan
I have gained a great deal of insight from Sam Chand’s new book called Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code. Sam’s excerpt on “Trust” was so insightful that I asked him if I could share it on my blog. Trust is vital for any team yet it is fragile and easily destroyed. Fortunately, trust can be rebuilt causing a team to become stronger and healthier. “Mutual trust among team members is the glue that makes everything good possible. Without it, a team quickly disintegrates into a gang of people protecting their turf and forming angry alliances.” Read More.



2012 Challenge for our Catalyst Team by Brad Lomenick
Here are 10 points we discussed and committed to as a Catalyst team earlier this year in January. Thought I would share them so as to motivate or inspire you to challenge your team as well:

  1. Authentic. Be Real. Human. approachable. Guard against hubris.
  2. No sideways energy. Communicate. Focus. Guard against silos and wasted energy.

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The Reason Many Policies are Written by Ron Edmondson
Many policies are written because someone didn’t want to solve a problem. In her book “Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands”, Nancy Ortberg talks about the need to differentiate between “a tension to be managed and a problem to be solved“…. Most of the time, in my experience, churches are notorious for creating a new policy to attempt to manage the problem rather than doing the difficult work of solving it. Solving the problem often involves getting personal with people. It involves challenging people. It involves change. It involves holding people accountable to a higher standard. That’s messy. It’s never fun. Most churches like neat, clean and seemingly easy. (Just being honest.) Read More.


How to Make the Host Ask: The 2012 Version by Mark Howell
(Note: Mark uses the term ‘Host’ to indicate small group facilitators.)
Getting ready to recruit HOSTs for an upcoming church-wide campaign? Let me give you my best shot at some keys to maximizing your impact. Here are what I think are the keys to maximizing the harvest. Read More.


Create a Content Strategy for Your Church Website by Bryan Young
Content Strategy is becoming more and more popular among web professionals — both the idea and the implementation. More focus has gone into design, user experience, and techniques of getting people to websites that the reason people come to websites can get lost. Of course, I’m talking about the content, itself. “Content strategy plans for the creation, publication, and governance of useful, usable content.” (Kristina Halvorson) Just like you wouldn’t begin a sermon without first coming up with a topic, researching, and planning, you shouldn’t do the same with the content on your website. Everything successful, from businesses, to books, to websites, begins with goals and figures out the best way to achieve them. Read More.

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Thursday Quote: Enchantment – Enchanting Volunteers

I recently heard about a gentleman who left his church (after many years) because he had nothing important to do there. While he was telling his story, he included the fact that the church he was currently involved in almost immediately got him involved in ministry and he is active, excited, and doing a lot more than he ever imagined he would. He’s also considering full time ministry as a result.

It can be very difficult to recruit church-goers into ministry roles. Some shy away from it altogether; and many who do recruit people for ministry often do so apologetically. In today’s Thursday Quote I’d like to share an awesome excerpt from the book Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds and Actions by Guy Kawasaki. Although the author makes no claims to Christianity, I’ve found many of the ideas and principles in this book apply directly to Christian Leadership.

How to Enchant Volunteers
Volunteers help organizations all over the world, and they are essential for the welfare and success of educational, environmental, social, religious, and other philanthropic causes. While the techniques already discussed in this chapter also pertain to volunteers, these folks deserve their own rules for enchantment: 
  • Set ambitious goals. Volunteers want to know that what they are doing is important and that they are making a difference. Your obligation is to set challenging goals and not waste their time. If there’s anything worse than overusing volunteers, it’s underusing them.
  • Manage them well. When people believe, they want to help, and it’s your responsibility to enable them to help as much as they can This includes planning and organizing how you’ll utilize their activities. You may not be paying them, but their time is still valuable.
  • Enable them to fulfill their needs. Why do people join a nonprofit organization? There are three principal reasons: duty (“I should help my kid’s school”), belonging (“I like doing things with people”), and mastery (“Learning a new skill is more important than money”). Fulfill these needs, and you’re on the way to enchanting your volunteers.
  • Ensure that the paid staff appreciates them. You and your employees must believe in the value of volunteers – if you lack this belief, maybe you should not recruit them. Volunteers often give their heart and soul to an organization, so it’s important that your paid staff appreciates their efforts.
  • Give feedback. People want to know how well they are doing. With volunteers, this is doubly important because you can’t use compensation as a feedback mechanism. So after you set your ambitious goals, provide feedback, and they’ll love you for helping them learn how they are progressing.
  • Provide recognition. Recognition comes in small forms for volunteers: business cards, an e-mail address, a workspace (even if it’s shared), attendance at conferences and public and private expressions of gratitude. See anything that’s expensive on this list? Good, because there isn’t.
  • Invite them in. At least once a year, invite your volunteers into your headquarters. This enables people to meet face-to-face instead of only virtually. Remember the value of proximity to achieving likability? The same concept applies to volunteers.
  • Provide free stuff. “Stuff” means food and drink at working sessions as well as T-shirts and other forms of tchotchkes. Unfortunately, these kinds of goodies are often the first thing an organization cuts when going gets tough, but, dollar for dollar, they are among the most cost-effective forms of compensation that you can offer.
 
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