When we think of ministry, we tend to visualize a pastor preaching a sermon or elders praying with someone at the altar. What doesn’t often come to mind are tasks like proper HVAC maintenance, developing procedures for children’s check-in, or paying the utility bills. However, these efforts help make Sunday services possible. It’s time to think of church operations as a ministry.
Without the help of generous volunteers, major church events like Easter and Christmas services wouldn’t happen. Volunteers selflessly give their time and hearts by making new visitors feel welcome, teaching in children’s church, running your sound booth, and more.
We all know that volunteers are the lifeblood of any church. If churches had to pay each of their children’s ministry teachers, small group leaders, women’s and men’s ministry leaders, and vacation Bible school teachers, they’d be up a creek, fast. Some churches keep their staff incredibly lean and rely predominantly on volunteers while other churches have more robust staff members and fewer volunteers; either way, volunteers need to be screened, trained, and thanked.
When a first-time guest pulls into your church parking lot, who is the first person they see? Most likely, it is a volunteer. When a new family checks in their children for the first time, to whom are they entrusting their precious babies? Again, it is probably a volunteer.
It’s easy to be thankful when you've got a stomach full of turkey and pumpkin pie while watching football surrounded by family.
But expressing gratitude shouldn’t be limited to Turkey Day. Especially in the church, we should have a Thanksgiving mindset all year round. And that attitude of gratitude should be incorporated into your communication strategy.
Without rocking your world too much I'd like to state the obvious...
Volunteers are the lifeblood of your church.
While we all would acknowledge that fact. It's easy to forget about in the day to day of ministry.
They dutifully arrive every week, with a smile on their face (real or painted on) and serve. Because it's the right thing to do.
'Tis the time of year for churches far and wide to facilitate Vacation Bible School, commonly know in 'churchese' as VBS. VBS can have a huge impact both within your church community and in your larger community. Because there are so many different sized churches, and so many different styles, formats, and sizes of VBS, we polled about 15 churches to take a closer look at the facilities costs related to VBS programs.
Planning a church event involves a considerable amount of time, effort, and communication. From deciding on the theme and day of the event to recruiting volunteers, there are plenty of details to manage. Thankfully, a disciplined process combined with a few key technical tools can make planning less stressful.
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