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Taking a Sabbatical
July 15, 2010 – 1:38 pm | 3 Comments

After much prayer and consideration, I have decided that it is time to put Volunteer Centered on hold for a bit and take a break. I have been writing for 5 years and have said …

FREE Leadership eBook: Becoming Volunteer Centered
July 15, 2010 – 1:34 pm | Comments Off

Announcing the release of the latest FREE eBook from Volunteer Centered: Becoming Volunteer Centered. For those of you that have been a reader of this website for a while, this book was formally titled …

5 Signs You Are Recruiting The Wrong Volunteers
March 15, 2010 – 4:57 am | Comments Off

Last week, we talked about the different ways to recruit volunteers for your team. Sometimes the best way to determine if someone is a good fit for your team is to determine who may be the wrong kind of volunteer. Let’s look a few signs that indicate a volunteer is the wrong fit for your team.

7 Steps to Better Volunteer Recruiting
March 8, 2010 – 4:40 am | Comments Off

I am routinely asked how to recruit new volunteers. Each time, I ask how they have been doing so far and I get varied responses, including “we ask the same people until they say ‘yes’” and “we don’t have a volunteer recruiting strategy”. Recruiting volunteers takes time, focus, and effort. Here are my top 7 steps to help make recruiting volunteers a little less painful.

‘More’ Jeremy Scheller
March 3, 2010 – 4:07 am | Comments Off

Jeremy Scheller writes in his blog post titled The Paradox of More:

More sounds better.
More resources.
More stuff.
More beautiful.
More productive.
More is the standard I have set for myself.
More outputs.
More accomplishments.
More pats on the back.
More results.
More …

Leadership Isn’t a Staff Position
March 2, 2010 – 4:52 am | Comments Off

Too often I read blog posts and books that assume church leaders are staff members. This just isn’t the case.

Volunteer Teams Don’t Have To Last Forever
February 24, 2010 – 4:59 am | Comments Off

Why is it that we as leaders automatically assume that our team will last forever? We go in assuming that what we do today will be needed for years and decades to come.I just don’t think this is the case most of the time. Here’s why.

Have You Thanked Your Volunteers Lately?
February 23, 2010 – 4:54 am | Comments Off

Every so often, I write about ways that you can thank your volunteers. It is time again – time to remind you that you need to thank your volunteers.

Make Your Volunteers Try
February 22, 2010 – 4:41 am | Comments Off

Some children have a fear of trying. They believe that if they try and can’t do it, they will get in trouble. Is that how your volunteers view your leadership style? Do you allow your volunteers to try and fail?

Taking On The Steps Of Leadership
February 17, 2010 – 4:38 am | Comments Off

Growing as a leader is a series of steps. Each step takes more effort but makes a bigger impact on those around you. How we approach each step impacts how we handle the next one.