Working with volunteers can be a rewarding and exciting experience — for them as well as for those who recruit, train and maintain their services.

volunteer_3dHowever, if church leaders are honest, they know there are times that it can be frustrating. They know that volunteers are essential, vital to creating growth and new ministries, and are the key to introducing youth and children to Jesus Christ.

They have the welcoming smiles at the door, they serve the food, pray for needs, stuff bulletins, organize missions trips, and on and on. If they want to see their church grow, it must be a volunteering church, a church that runs on volunteers.

“The Volunteer Church” was developed out of the ministry of Leith Anderson at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, where a vital and vibrant volunteer program boasting 4,000 participants grew under the leadership of Jill Fox. The principles and training have been applied in churches of all sizes and denominations in seminar settings across the country as well as at Wooddale Church.

In “The Volunteer Church,” leaders will:

  • Learn how to effectively recruit and train volunteers;
  • Discover how to build sustainable, long-lasting ministries led by volunteers;
  • Find methods for encouraging and maintaining your volunteers for success;
  • Know how to build teams of volunteers; and
  • Understand how to find the right service that fits a willing volunteer.

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A Companion Guide — Volunteering

VolunteeringVolunteering can be a rewarding and exciting experience — but to effectively serve you need to understand the why, how and what of serving others.

Based on the principles and training they utilized at Wooddale Church, pastor Leith Anderson and Jill Fox will help you better understand:

  • The importance of prayer in ministry;
  • Avoiding burnout and serving for the long term;
  • Recruiting others to serve in ways that are natural and easy;
  • Enjoying the ‘pay’ that is more valuable than money; and
  • Finding your fit and serving out of your strengths

This short and accessible book will help you to find the resources you need to be inspired and trained to serve in the most vital workforce in the world today — the Church.

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