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Investing in Leadership Growth

How can we as leaders ensure we are constantly investing in growing the leaders who are on our team? That is a question Children’s Pastor Heather Marble asks herself every week. Her article shows three methods she has found that made a huge impact on her kids’ ministry team.


The Transformative Power of Appreciation

It shouldn’t be a secret: your leaders need to feel appreciated! When you’re adding kids and losing leaders, this is a recipe for disaster. This children’s pastor realized something needed to change. He was beginning to doubt his abilities. Worse yet, he started to doubt his calling into the ministry. “My problem was, I was so focused on adding new volunteers that I didn’t give much thought to the ones who were already committed, already trained, and already serving in the trenches.


10 Ways to Say Thank You

All of us enjoy receiving a heart-felt thank you from someone. Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of not following through with our best intentions of expressing thanks to others.


Give Volunteers A Break

Volunteers are one of the most valuable resources within any organization. This is true whether it is the local church, district or the national office. They are people who care and choose to serve beyond their normal responsibilities. Since volunteers are a gift from God and the engine that moves ministries forward, leaders need to honor their service by intentionally protecting them from burnout.


Connecting with Your Volunteers

A good friend of mine shared a story about when he was praying for an increase in his ministry. He heard God ask him, “What are you doing with what I’ve already given you?” If we faithfully steward the volunteers God has entrusted us with, He will meet and exceed our needs! In order for God to do His part, we have to make sure we are doing our part first.


Naming Names

Just the other day in a staff meeting, my pastor reminded our team of the power of recognizing someone by their name. He pointed out that in Romans chapter 16, Paul ends his letter in a very unusual way. After he concludes chapter 15 with a normal “the God of peace be with you,” he proceeds to add one more chapter where he lists more than 30 of his “co-laborers” in the gospel.