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Essential guide for church leaders and those in ministries for nurturing, training and encouraging volunteers
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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.
Volunteerism is vital to our communities and their flourishing. This is never clearer than in the wellbeing of our local church. Richard Steel speaks from, and to, this lifeblood value set in church life.
There is much value in the prose, scripture, and enduring logic woven into this writing, though I'd have preferred more content and structure as to how the guest and newcomer could be woven into the life and structure of gathered communities. How the stranger becomes a participant in the mission of God, with direction, options and models of how this has been worked out locally, would have further enhanced this read.
Collaboration is a somewhat hackneyed concept, yet developing the skills and experiences that make us better people for building God's Kingdom in the world is scoped out well. The Body of Christ needs to be fully functioning in order to reach out in Jesus name to a lost and fragmented world, and anything that can add to this experience is a valuable asset. Steel offers us much here that is worthy of thanks and deep application in each parish.
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
If you have people involved in these roles in your church, the chances are their being carried out by volunteers:
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
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.
|Author / Artist||Richard Steel|
|Publisher||Barnabas (July 2013)|
|Number of Pages||176|
|Page last updated||9th July 2015|