Tag: Church Health

Leadership Is Serving Healthy Volunteers #274

Upwards of 70% of Volunteers, who resign their church roles, are leaving due to relationship and discouragement issues, not theology or doctrine.

Note these brief points to help your volunteers be encouraged, excited and faithful in their roles. The excitement and dedication of your volunteers can be read like a thermometer of the health of your church. If your volunteers are motivated your church is moving towards health.  If they are not excited about their role and your church, then your church is heading toward neutral.

Know your volunteer staff. Know what they like to do, their family, work and community responsibilities. Ask your volunteers what they enjoy and what stresses them. Be understanding when a volunteer can’t make a meeting.

Celebrate your volunteers and the work they do.  Encourage each one towards God’s Vision, Mission and Values of your church and community. Let each volunteer team know their significant and very unique role and importance to overall church health. Express your appreciation both personally and publically. Send thank you notes and ask if there’s anything they need to make their role more enjoyable. Pray with and for them.

“The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26 MSG)

Board Chairs and Pastors, take a few minutes today to call or email your volunteers, just to say thank you.

“Your job as a leader is to use your love of your own work to light the fire of passion in others who share this love.” (Crossland & Clarke, The Leaders Voice)

Leadership is … being and expressing your thankfulness to each and every volunteer.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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Leadership Is Expressing Thanks #261

Laurie KennedyOn this Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, I’d like to start a new trend.

Research by Gerald Graham found that “58% of staff (volunteers) seldom (if ever) are thanked by their manager for a job well done, 76% seldom (if ever) receive written thanks from their manager, 78% seldom (if ever) receive public praise in the workplace. It appears that the techniques that have the greatest motivational impact are practiced the least, even though they are easier and less expensive to use.” (James C. Hunter, The World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

This is research from the secular marketplace.  Is there any correlation with churches and Christian based organizations?

Who are you thankful for?

Have you taken the opportunity to tell them?

Have you shared with others your admiration for your family, Pastor, church, neighbour or your blessings because of where you live?

I’m thankful for a lot.

Char and I have been married for 48 years.  Wow! This is awesome. We are very thankful for our three adult kids and knowing that our eleven grandkids are in church every weekend is really special. On Social Media, I refer to our grandkids as our eleven favourite people. We take family seriously and they always come first. Thank you family.

We love our church family. With two services each Sunday and in addition, a dynamic Youth, Senior, Sunday School and Weekly Life Groups. We have the privilege of touching people in our church and community.  Thank you to our church.

We have a Deacons Board where we pray, care and share with the goal of reaching our community and influencing our world for Christ.  We have Mission responsibilities and are working with the other churches in our city. Thank you to our church leaders.

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 NIV)

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to each of you.

Leadership is expressing our thankfulness, representing God’s love on a continual basis.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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