Want to recruit, retain, encourage, unite and teach volunteers? Use a simple skill you already have, a powerful tool that's free. Tell stories.
Stories are part of our daily life. A child's bedtime story, the plot of a book or movie, the day's happenings described on the drive home from school, memories shared when the family gathers at Grandma's house -- they're all stories. Stories catch and hold our attention. They encourage and move us; they teach and motivate us. A family's stories unite them in shared history, values, and experiences.
Everyone call tell stories. We do it every time we're with friends. We naturally share the stories of what's going on in our lives - the illness, the changes in our job, the home improvement project, the latest cute thing the grandchild said or did!
When we intentionally gather and share stories of serving at church - the results are powerful.
Continue reading on gathering stories, sharing stories and connecting stories.