Working with Others

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Working with Others 2016-10-12T10:59:21+00:00

Working with volunteers can be tricky. Give them power, but not too much. Treat them with kid gloves but don’t baby them. How should you show your appreciation for their hard work? Can you “fire” a volunteer?

 

Concealed Weapons in Church

July 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Concealed Weapons in Church

As the need for a more formalized approach to security becomes the norm for many churches, some congregations are developing plans and policies to better protect their congregants and staff from active shooters. A matter [...]

Volunteer Hiring

May 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on Volunteer Hiring

Even this title, Volunteer Hiring, probably gets a lot of strange looks and you can hear the words, “You don’t hire volunteers, they volunteer. Their help is a service and a gift to you.” Their [...]

Pastor’s Wives … An Easy Journey?

October 3rd, 2016|Comments Off on Pastor’s Wives … An Easy Journey?

Being a pastor’s wife is not an easy journey. She is expected to be nice, perfect and always available to others. Her family is the poster of Christian living (completely unrealistic). And if you’re looking [...]

Seven Keys to a Successful Church Event

August 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on Seven Keys to a Successful Church Event

From Back-to-School parties, to Thanksgiving outreaches, Christmas Eve candlelight services and more, churches host many events throughout the year. These special events are a great way to reach more people, disciple various groups within the [...]

First Impressions: Five Tips from a Church Secret Shopper

June 9th, 2016|Comments Off on First Impressions: Five Tips from a Church Secret Shopper

Below are five practical tips to implement at your church in order to make great first impressions with guests. 1. Vision cast to your Guest Services team So often, people that serve on a church’s [...]

How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

July 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on How to “Fire” a Church Volunteer

One question I frequently receive when talking about recruiting and retaining church volunteers is what to do about a volunteer who isn't working out. In other words, how do you “fire” a volunteer? This is obviously [...]

Should You Hire From Within?

January 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Should You Hire From Within?

Thinking of hiring internally? When a church needs to fill a staff position, one of the first questions is always, “Do we want to hire someone from somewhere else, or do we want to hire [...]

Five Keys to Attracting and Keeping Volunteers

November 15th, 2013|Comments Off on Five Keys to Attracting and Keeping Volunteers

Faithful, hard-working volunteers who always have a great attitude are what every volunteer coordinator desires on their team. These folks will show up early and stay late; they offer their talents and serve with excellence. [...]

Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

September 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Tutorial: The Inside Scoop on Live Event Planning

At 11 years of age, in the seat of a local performing arts center, I intently watched Peter Furler of the Newsboys belt out “Shine” from just a few feet in front of me. I [...]

Three Reasons to do Parking Right

August 31st, 2013|Comments Off on Three Reasons to do Parking Right

As a church, we have just a short time to make a first impression on a guest; seven seconds. Not much time to impact the thought and emotional reaction of these guests. Every “touch” point [...]

A Plan for Beating Burnout

April 17th, 2013|Comments Off on A Plan for Beating Burnout

Burnout is a major problem for many non-profit organizations, and it seems to be growing. Are volunteers just getting more lazy and irresponsible, or is there really something to burnout? Everyone gets tired once in awhile from hard [...]

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Application

December 24th, 2012|Comments Off on Children’s Ministry Volunteer Application

XPastor tries to help churches by providing some of the essentials for running a church---items like job descriptions, employment applications, review forms and policies. Below is a Children's Ministry Volunteer Application from Northwest Bible Church [...]

The Ten Ingredients for Creating a Mountaintop Experience

December 14th, 2012|Comments Off on The Ten Ingredients for Creating a Mountaintop Experience

I recently stumbled upon something quite remarkable. My son’s marching band had just performed its last show of the season. They were in serious finals competition with the best bands from the Pacific Northwest. The [...]

Visitor Experience Audit

December 9th, 2012|Comments Off on Visitor Experience Audit

Mike Robinson of www.details.com prepared this Visitor Experience Audit for Oak Hill Baptist Church, in preparation for the opening of their new building. It's many times helpful to get an outsider's perspective on your church's [...]

Generational Leadership: Our Success is Our People

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Generational Leadership: Our Success is Our People

What would you say your most valuable asset is? For most leaders, the answer is (of course) their people. But as “twentysomethings” share the boardroom with Vietnam veterans, assumptions fly about what the other person [...]

Servant Leadership in the Life of an XP

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Servant Leadership in the Life of an XP

Remember the old Beatle’s song—All You Need Is Love?” Who knew then that John Lennon and the rest of the Beatles were all over what the Bible has to say to us as leaders? As Executive [...]

Antibodies to Change

December 6th, 2012|Comments Off on Antibodies to Change

The immune system of the human body is incredibly complex and powerful. When it is not working properly, the body dies with surprising quickness. But when it is healthy, the body is able to fend [...]

Thinking About Mentoring

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Thinking About Mentoring

Our discussions on coaching and mentoring tend to go directly to techniques, but I’d like to consider for a moment the way we think about mentoring. Even though my context is a mission agency instead [...]

Learning From the Past to Guide Us Into the Future

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Learning From the Past to Guide Us Into the Future

Christ Chapel Bible Church finds itself in the late summer of 2006 at a blessed crossroads. That crossroads is the opportunity to invest in one of three ministry options, each of which will offer material care, as [...]

How About Followership?

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How About Followership?

From the biblical examples of Moses, Nehemiah and Jesus, to our own experience in a church context, we know that leadership is hard work. If you lead (truly lead) paid staff, volunteers, or a mixture [...]

Leading Your Staff and Church During Hard Times

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Leading Your Staff and Church During Hard Times

One of the hardest experiences I have ever had as an executive pastor is coming to the reality that our church will have to lay off a staff member. The burden hurts beyond words. It [...]

Empowerment: The Craving of Our Volunteers

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Empowerment: The Craving of Our Volunteers

What do you do when you find yourself in desperate situations where you know what you are trying isn’t working. I liken it to a battlefield where you are seeing your core, key men and [...]

How to Hold Difficult Conversations

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on How to Hold Difficult Conversations

Holding a tough conversation is arguably a leader’s most difficult and draining responsibility. Many leaders dread these talks … and understandably so. But strange as it may seem, a tough conversation can be the most [...]

Twelve Leadership Insights from Young Life Camp

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Twelve Leadership Insights from Young Life Camp

If you keep your eyes open, you will find excellent leadership going on all around you. This was definitely the case when Young Life invited me to be a guest at one of their camps [...]

Having a Great Church-School Relationship

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on Having a Great Church-School Relationship

Nothing raises controversy faster than a discussion of church-school relationships. In many organizations, passionate people from both sides empty the bench and duke it out at the slightest provocation. Why? What is it about Christian [...]

XPs and Catalytic Converters

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on XPs and Catalytic Converters

I hate cars. As far as I’m concerned, they’re high-maintenance, expensive machines, that always seem to break down at the absolute worst possible time. While holding the latest repair bill, produced from a mechanic making [...]

After 40 Years of Pastoring, I Still Stand by the Door

December 5th, 2012|Comments Off on After 40 Years of Pastoring, I Still Stand by the Door

Ministry is about people. Loving them. Equipping and encouraging them. Getting close to them. Not an easy job with 75 people, let alone 175 or 500 or 1,000. In watching pastors who want to touch people [...]