The Equipper Newsletter
January 20, 2015
Churches Equipping Saints for Service
 Website Unveiled!
Drumroll, please. The Equipper website has been renovated, combining new features and a fresh look. Tools along the site's right side let you to search content by category, by topic, by date posted, or by using the search box. All content pages now invite comments. The website is also now mobile-friendly and (for me!) easier to maintain.
Although much is new, the content and purpose are the same:  to encourage healthy church volunteerism as God's people intentionally equip each other to serve as God has gifted and called us to serve.
The transition continues; some things still need tweaking. But please let me know if you find broken links or other problems that need fixing.
I am grateful to my son Ken Kogler for building the new site and shepherding me through the transition.
  The Seven Deadly Sins of Leadership
Worth revisiting: "The Seven Deadly Sins of Leadership" I look at 5 of those 'sins' which have everything to do with leadership in the church, even though the original authors weren't thinking about churches at all. Do any of these sins appear in your church? 
  1. Assuming workers know your objectives and purpose
  2. Approaching selecting workers in a haphazard manner.
  3. Assuming people are trained.
  4. Failing to provide appropriate feedback.
  5. Treating workers as a commodity. 
 Good Stuff Out There
  1. Energize, Inc., one of my favorite sources of volunteerism resources, has also just unveiled a redesigned website. (Copycats!) President Susan Ellis recently blogged about what she learned during the redesign about the internet as a resource repository.
  2. Volunteer Match posted a list of their most popular blog postings in 2014. The list includes many intriguing stories and topics. It also gives us a good idea of what's going on in nonprofits in our communities.

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Karen Kogler, Equipper Church Volunteerism Resources