Building Up The Body Paperback

Encouraging, Equipping and Enabling Volunteers in the Church

by Richard Steel;

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Building Up The Body

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Here is a guide for church leaders and those with responsibility for nurturing, training and encouraging volunteers. Most churches simply couldn’t function without willing and dedicated volunteers. Richard Steel offers realistic suggestions and guidelines in this comprehensive and practical guide to working with and encouraging volunteers.

Looking at the key issues for small and medium-sized churches he writes about how working with volunteers can be challenging, but also intensely rewarding; stressing the importance of helping them realise just how important they are in the bigger picture of God's mission.

Building and nurturing people as volunteers is not just about their personal development, or about the benefit of your individual church, it’s about enabling God’s Kingdom to reach out into all walks of society, all professions, all networks.

Richard Steel is rector of a Huddersfield Anglican church and also Rural Dean. He has led teams of volunteers as a producer and presenter of religious programmes for local radio, as Communications Officer for the Blackburn Diocese and Communications Director at the Church Mission Society. He has also been involved in the Scouting movement.

From his own experience he offers insights and grateful thanks to the large number of volunteers whose wisdom and support made this book and his ministry possible. The stories in the book are from his experience or from those of colleagues, thought the names and details have been changed to avoid identification and save any embarrassment.

Building Up The Body by Richard Steel was published by Barnabas in July 2013 and is our 33520th best seller. The ISBN for Building Up The Body is 9780857461759.

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A guide for church leaders, whether lay or ordained, to working with volunteers, who remain the lifeblood of most local churches, despite the rise of the staff team in larger congregations. It provides a host of ideas for recruiting volunteers and maintaining their enthusiasm, examples of good and bad practice and more.

Volunteering is the life-blood of local churches. This title is a guide to working with and encouraging volunteers. It is about how working with volunteers can be challenging, but is also intensely rewarding - and stresses the importance of helping them realise just how important they are in the bigger picture of God's mission.


Why People Volunteer — And What It Offers Them In Return
Understanding Today’s Volunteers
Building Up The Body Of Christ
Wider Ways Of Volunteering
Recruiting Your Volunteers
Teams, Training, Trust — And Taking Risks
A Word To Leaders
The Professional Problem
Saying ‘Thank You’
Problems, Conflict And Ending Well
Beyond The Church Walls
Afterword: The Story Continues
Appendix 1: Web Resources
Appendix 2: Sample Policies

Why You Need This Book

If you have people involved in these roles in your church, the chances are their being carried out by volunteers:

Churchwardens (elders)
Church Council, including officers such as treasurer and secretary
Large proportion of the day-to-day pastoral support of the congregation
All the youth and children’s work
Majority of pre-Baptism preparation
The general wedding preparation
Almost all bereavement follow-up
A good proportion of the leading of worship and preaching
All the music in worship (apart from a paid organist at funerals and weddings)
Leading of house group
Almost all visiting of elderly, housebound and hospital visiting
Lunch club for older people
Project management for our church development project
Production of the church magazine
Church flowers
And many more...

Even if your church is fortunate to have full-time clergy and part-time administrators, along with some paid cleaning and caretaking by far the largest proportion of work is still done by volunteers. This is true across most churches, of whatever size and resources. The church simply could not exist and have developed in the way it has without volunteers. This is not just about running activities. It is about the church’s mission. You need this book.

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Details for Building Up The Body

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBarnabas (July 2013)
Number of Pages176
Height198 mm
Width130 mm
Product Code4021468
Page last updated 9th July 2015
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