25 Best Articles on Leading Volunteers (That Get Them to Stay and Thrive!)

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Every study or survey I’ve ever seen or been involved with shows that leading volunteers is the #1 most pressing need for children’s ministry leaders. Whether it’s recruiting, training, affirming, managing, or even firing…we’ve got you covered with the 25 best articles on leading volunteers from top children’s ministry leaders.

21 Questions to Ask Those You Lead by Kathie Philips

Effective communication is vital in leading others and to the health, growth and success of our ministry. In addition, good communication develops trust between a leader and those they care for. If you want to engage someone in conversation, you have to be intentional about setting both parties up for  success. Here are just a few questions to help get those important conversation started.

7 Proven Insights for Leading Volunteers by Stephen Brewster

As leaders of volunteers, we have to remember we’re representing not just ourselves, but our organizations and all they stand for. We have to treat our volunteers and their time with a lot of respect.

11 Keys to Effectively Leading Volunteers by Dale Hudson

The Bible reminds us in Matthew 23 that effective leadership is found in serving others. Great leadership is not measured by how many people are serving you, but instead by how many people you are serving.

Leading Your Kidmin Volunteers Well by Sam Luce

We neglect the most important question that is found deep within the minds of our volunteers: Why? Why do we do what we do? We may be wondering how to get something done, but they are wondering why they are doing it.

11 Ways to Retain Volunteers in Your Ministry by Greg Baird

Sometimes it seems like we’ve got a revolving door with our volunteers, with many coming and going all the time. How do we stop that? In some cases, it’s just going to happen, but in most cases, volunteers leave because there’s some dissatisfaction—or lack of satisfaction, at best—with their involvement.

Tips for Leading Older, and Often Wiser, People by Ron Edmondson

I can tell you, from experience, your leadership will be better if you learn how to lead people older—and wiser—than you are today. Don’t be afraid to recruit them.

4 Ways to Better Communicate With Volunteers by Church Fuel

While there’s a place for CMS emails, there are also other tools that can help you engage with volunteers in ways that are more likely to reach them.

Helping Volunteers Win in 3 Seconds or Less by Dale Hudson

One of the best ways to set your volunteers up for success is to clearly define what success looks like for the role they are serving in. Here’s how.

13 Ways to Train Volunteers in Your Children’s Ministry by Greg Baird

Next to “recruiting” volunteers, training is perhaps one of the most challenging elements of leading in children’s ministry. But our real job is to equip God’s people to do the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:12).

Sexual Misconduct, Allegations and Leading in KidMin by Jenny Funderburke Smith

Sexual sin is real and it can come in a form that is destructive to others. Here are five ways you and I can seek to better protect those God has put in our care.

3 Things That Keep People From Leading in Your Church by Church Fuel

A lack of leaders is the visible problem in your church, but we want to address the root cause. After all, if you simply put a Band-Aid on the symptom, you’ll never be able to truly experience a healthy and growing church.

4 Keys to Keeping Your Volunteers Excited to Serve by Dale Hudson

One of your most important tasks is to make sure you identify and curb any underlying issues that are causing excitement to wane. If a volunteer’s excitement level dips too low, he or she will end up quitting. With the right tools in your belt, you can keep the excitement level high.

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Christine Yount Jones
Christine Yount Jones is Content Director for Outreach Media Group. She has published several books and hundreds of articles about ministry in the last three decades. Before his death in 2003, Michael Yount and Christine had three children. Now, she and her husband, Ray Jones, together have five grown kids.

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