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Leadership Essentials: Increase Your Serve

Submitted by James Higginbotham on June 16, 2010 – 4:26 amOne Comment

Want to find ways to better serve your church or community? Try some of these ideas:

Have a bookstore in your church? What would happen if you dropped the price of the books to cost?

Have a coffee bar in your church? What would happen if you retained quality beans and baristas but lowered costs at certain times to encourage your church to invite visitors? Or perhaps provide a special card that is given away for free to visitors to give them a free latte as a thank you for visiting?

Turn a youth fund raiser into a fund raiser for a local shelter or ministry. Give 100% of the funds raised to them, even if it costs your organization a little money to bootstrap the fundraiser.

Flip your outreach from bringing people into on-site church events to serving them where they work or play. Bring drinks to community basketball courts where pick-up games are often found. Moving your outreach from being internally focused to externally focused can show that you care about them, not about increasing your Sunday attendance.

Consider serving at a local non-profit or civic outreach with the goal of investing in your community rather than new church members.

What other ways has your team or church increased their serve? Share it with other readers by posting a comment.

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  • Gail Bumala says:

    Our food based ministry, the “Food Fairies,” received a plea for churches to help with aps in the budget of the HIV Day Center, run by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. The plea was for local churches to provide for the Friday lunches at the Day Center, saving it about $4000 a year. We eventually got to where we serve Friday lunch once a month. The clients at the center look forward to the first Friday, when we will appear with our lunches. Not long after we started our monthly lunches, five of the clients from the Day Center began serving as volunteers at our church’s weekly Loaves and Fishes lunch. They are our most faithful volunteers.