Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens book, Simply Strategic Volunteers. I must say, I have been very much encouraged by their thoughts on recruitment and empowering the Church to get out of their seats and into the game. It has refined a lot of my thoughts on our volunteers and better ways to facilitate care and resourcing.
I've also been very intrigued at the importance that these two place on expressing vision effectively and precisely. If there is one thing that I could do without, it is constant and consistent surprises. You are probably saying, how does that work? I'm referring to constantly finding surprises as a leader; unspoken expectations, deeper time commitments, more guilt for not being available at the last second. This is a stereotype that gets applied to most Youth Pastors because of the amount of times that things slip through the cracks (I have much more to say sometime on this one.).
Regardless of where you are on that topic, there are many things that I am learning we could do better with as a ministry and as a church. I'm wondering, what do you value?
As a volunteer, what are some things that you value to know?
What are some surprises that you would much rather have gone without?
As a student, what helps you understand the "why" behind the madness?
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