Kindness Countdown

Kayla Crawford Leadership, Volunteers

The word “Advent” derives from its Latin root meaning “the coming.” This references the coming of Jesus, the greatest gift to mankind. A tradition that evolved from this anticipation is the Advent calendar. Each day of the Advent season leading up to Christmas Eve is marked on these special calendars with scripture, poems, small gifts, etc. There are so many …

Team Building is Biblical

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership, Volunteers

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”—1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV) The Barna …

Hos-pi-tal-i-tee

Heath Bruce Leadership, Volunteers

noun the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way. If we look to scripture, we can see an abundance of text that point to the exact importance of hospitality and serving the needs of others, whether in our homes, at an off-site event or at a typical church service. Life by …

The In Motion Volunteer Program

Jeffery Gosnell Personal Experiences & Stories, Volunteers

The benefits of volunteering are well-established. Studies show that senior citizens who volunteer generally live longer and have fewer health problems than those who do not. Senior volunteers often possess a greater feeling of well-being, a deeper sense of community, and a stronger perception of purpose. The “IN MOTION” program at Lake Williamson Christian Center in Carlinville, Illinois is for …

Getting Volunteers to Return

Kayla Crawford Volunteers

It takes a lot of time and effort to recruit and train the perfect volunteer team. But once you’ve got them in place, what’s the plan for making them stay? This seems to be the biggest challenge for those in recurring need of volunteers. We see it all the time at numerous events. There are so many wonderful people willing …

Training Day

Kayla Crawford Volunteers

We have thousands of options when it comes to deciding how to spend time. There’s hanging out with family and friends, cheering on a favorite sports team, making money, perfecting a hobby, eating, etc. Yet, you have been blessed enough to have people giving up that time in order to volunteer for your event. Now, it’s time to make it …

What do you need volunteers for?

Kayla Crawford Volunteers

Before beginning, it is important to note that the number of volunteers depends on the size and complexity of the event. And in order to be effective, someone on the planning team needs to be put in charge of the volunteers. Said person’s duties would include recruiting, training, role assigning, scheduling, listening for feedback, answering questions, and providing appreciation. That …

Team Building and Faith – How They Work Together

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership, Volunteers

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV) …

Superheroes Wear Capes…and Volunteer Shirts

Kayla Crawford Volunteers

As everyone prepares for an off-site event by making sure everything is packed and group members are ready to go, it can be hard to think about all the behind-the-scenes stuff going on that makes an event the amazing experience that it is. This is especially true for those hardworking, helpful, unpaid volunteers; the people who put in so much …

Do Something Amazing – Be a Volunteer

Paul Weber Volunteers

The Webster dictionary defines a volunteer this way: “one who offers to enter into any service of his own free will.” All churches are in great need of this type of person, one who chooses to help, because they have a desire to carry out a need or task. In his book, entitled A Spirit-Empowered Church, Alton Garrison encourages people to …