Stages of Group Development Part 1: Forming

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

STAGES OF GROUP DEVELOPMENT: FORMING, STORMING, NORMING, AND PERFORMING In examining the Stages of Group Development, one first has to establish what a group is. The word “group” possesses such a wide-range of meaning, it is important to define what we are talking about. The idea of a group can fall into two broad categories. For the rest of this …

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 …

Buckle Up – A Zip Line Story

Kayla Crawford Personal Experiences & Stories

I recently went on vacation to Yellowstone National Park, where I got to experience my first Zip Line adventure. Although we have them at almost all of the Christian Retreat Network properties, as a fairly new office staff member, I had not been granted the opportunity to give it a try. However, I’ve been wanting to. So, I went online …

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 …

Jesus has Risen; Let us Celebrate!

Ashley Haschemeyer Personal Experiences & Stories

Matthew 28 Jesus Has Risen: After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like …

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) …

Spread the Love

Kayla Crawford Personal Experiences & Stories

A few weeks ago at church, one of the members came down to give the children’s sermon. He began by asking the kids to tell him what love was. The general response was about how their mommies and daddies love them. I thought it was a pretty good answer, but for some reason, it really stuck with me. So, I …

Taking the Lead! – What It Means to be a Leader vs. Having the Title of Leader

Jeffery Gosnell Leadership

There are two kinds of leaders: those who naturally lead, and those given the title of “leader.” Unfortunately, the two are not always synonymous. Whether it’s a school classroom or adult leadership team, a quality facilitated team building program, like the ones offered at our properties, help groups unleash and capitalize on the leadership potential within any team. Many groups …