The Equipper Newsletter
February 1, 2012
Churches Equipping Saints for Service
 Recruiting Tips
For many in the church, the only thing to know about volunteers is how to recruit them -- how to get them to serve where needed. Readers of this newsletter and TheEquipper website know that I advocate a much bigger volunteerism view, that the church thrives when it equips people to serve, by encouraging them to carefully consider where God wants them to serve and by supporting people as they serve.
Recruiting is a part of that big picture. When we're seeking Sunday school teachers for open positions, or people to serve on a governing board, or a staff of 100 for Vacation Bible School, we're recruiting. But recruiting by arm-twisting, bait and switch tactics, pleas of desperation and using guilt is counterproductive. So here's a collection of tools and thoughts on good recruiting.
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  Top Ten Pages Visited in 2011
The top ten most popular articles/resources on in 2011, as measured by page views, were:
  1. "Ministry Fair: Getting Connected"
  2. "How to Recruit Church Volunteers"
  3. Job Description Toolkit
  4. "Beginnings"
  5. "About Time and Talent Surveys"
  6. "Asset Mapping"
  7. "Screwtape Writes on Church Volunteers?"
  8. "How to Do Job Descriptions"
  9. Bible Study: "Called to Serve"
  10. "What is Equipping?" toolkit
  Good Stuff
  1.  What if the CEO of the largest company in your area offered to volunteer at your church? How would you suggest he serve? Mull it over as you read, "Do Four UK Charities have Volunteer Work Worthy of a Duchess? Do You?"
  2. As more of our churches send youth and adults on mission trips, consider both risk and reward as you read: "Are You Putting Volunteers in Harm's Way?"
 Out and About
I'm excited about speaking at these upcoming events:
  • "Equipped to Lead," a sectional at the Women's Leadership Conference, March 9-11, 2012 in St. Louis.
  • A plenary speaker and leader of two sectionals Aug 3-5, 2012, at the Southeastern District LCMS conference in Richmond, VA.
If you'll be at either event, be sure and say hello. 

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