Steve: I recently used this as one of textbooks for my Seminary Class “Leadership Practicum.” Well-received by my students for both is theological strength and practical recommendations. This is Amazon’s description: Working with volunteers can be a rewarding and exciting experience—for them as well as for those who recruit, train, and maintain their services. However, if church leaders are honest, they know there are times that it can be frustrating. They know that volunteers are essential, vital to creating growth and new ministries, and are the key to introducing youth and children to Jesus Christ. They have the welcoming smiles at the door, they serve the food, pray for needs, stuff bulletins, organize missions trips, and on and on. If they want to see their church grow, it must be a volunteering church, a church that runs on volunteers.
The Volunteer Church was developed out of the ministry of Leith Anderson at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where a vital and vibrant volunteer program boasting 4,000 participants grew under the leadership of Jill Fox. The principles and training have been applied in churches of all sizes and denominations in seminar settings across the country as well as at Wooddale Church.
In The Volunteer Church, leaders will
- Learn how to effectively recruit and train volunteers
- Discover how to build sustainable, long-lasting ministries led by volunteers
- Find methods for encouraging and maintaining your volunteers for success
- Know how to build teams of volunteers
- Understand how to find the right service that fits a willing volunteer
If you lead a church and are exhausted by the lack of volunteer help, or if you are a volunteer and dream of adding numbers to your team, this book is for you. If you are on a church staff and know that a new ministry is needed but volunteers and training are required to make it happen, here you will find the resources to recruit, inspire, train, and maintain the church’s most vital workforce.
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Steve: Trying to find practical and biblically-faithful answers to one of the most challenging questions of ministry today.
Here is Amazon’s description.
Same-sex marriage is here.
So what do pastors and church leaders do now?
Churches are now faced with ministry dilemmas unknown to any previous generation. Hoping the problem goes away isn’t a reasonable strategy. Christians must answer difficult questions about ministering both to couples in same-sex marriages and all the people impacted by those unions.
Jeff Iorg, a seminary president and experienced pastor, has assembled some of the leading voices on a range of topics from children’s ministry to preaching to legal issues in the new marriage culture. Readers will be equipped, perhaps for the first time, with practical answers to some of these complex questions.