Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Simply Strategic Volunteers

                 The book Simply Strategic Volunteers appears to be a great resource for anyone entering a ministerial leadership field or a non-profit organization.  The dynamic between profit based and non-profit organizations is a unique one. 

                 Organizations that require a steady source of income have the ability to hire workers that will themselves receive an income.  In a non-profit organization such as a church all the workers you have are volunteers, people who sacrifice their time outside of their occupation.  These people are what defines the organization.  It’s quite different in the fact that they are not getting paid for their time and effort.  They simply see the importance of the organization and are eager to serve the cause of that organization.
                  In this book, author Tony Morgan puts together 99 short chapters that will help to extract the best out of volunteers.  Here are some of his tips that stood out:  

                -Teach Shoulder Tapping                                                                                                                   It’s the difference between “help me” and “join me”. 

                -Commission your Leaders           
                                  Says that you are fully supporting the person in that role.

                - Give Volunteers Titles                                                                                                                                              Communicates how much you value that person.

                -Mentor Your Ministry Mates                                                                                                                                      Set them up to succeed.

                -Empowerment is More Than Delegation                                                                                                       Empower them to care for others.           

                -Quality Attracts Quality                                                                                                                                            Raise the standard for excellence                                                                                                                                                                                                           

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