volunteers

10) The BackPage: On Volunteerism —

Recently, I joined some 30 other Christian workers for a week-long course designed to help us learn how to work more effectively with volunteers. Now, granted, I’ve been trying to raise up volunteers since the mid-80’s. But I still feel I’m missing something. Why do they volunteer? And why do they keep volunteering? What kind of personality… What kind of service… and What kind of thought processes cause a person to decide to serve totally without regard to receiving anything in return? Those are questions I asked. I know that the workshop attempted to answer them. But I still remain somewhat perplexed — because, in my humble opinion, I didn’t discover any magic wands.

 

What about your organization, church, or agency? Is there any “magic wand” you’ve discovered for recruiting, retaining, and empowering the best volunteer base ever? If so, and if we promise not to interfere with your operation :-), would you mind sharing the best secrets you’ve learned? … or at least, the some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way? If so, we’d all be incredibly grateful. Just click “Comment” below — and you can comment anonymously or by name. Thank you for any help you can give.

 

Doug

9) Still 10 Seats Left for High Impact Volunteer Training —

The High Impact Executive Course (E1) is an intensive 3-day training event for leaders who work with volunteers. Led by Al Newell and Associates, the same people who have trained the staff, leaders and volunteers of Voice of the Martyrs, Samaritans Purse (Operation Christmas Child), and Compassion International, to name a few, plus many others. It’s a Biblical model for working with volunteers, revealing the best practices for recruiting, selecting, training, leading and developing volunteers and volunteer leaders. Many who take this training and implement the principles have seen immediate and continued improvement and effectiveness in their volunteer ministries.

This training is among the best in the country. It’s available for $795 per person and is being staged in Louisville, KY at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on the east side of the city (Exit 17, I-64). It’ll start on the evening of April 15th, 2012

and finishes on Wednesday April 18th around 5:00 p.m.

You have the evenings free. If you’re interested,  inform Eric by emailing

ederryatteamexpansiondotorg or calling 502-813-2046 (tell him that you heard about it on Brigada). He will send you a link, and you will need to then Register On-line using that link. You’ll then pay Team Expansion, thereby becoming part of our “block” of tickets. We’ll pay High Impact with one check. If there are any discounted seats left, Eric will inform you when you contact him. (From Doug: I’ll be attending the training myself and it would be great to meet you personally.)

2) Four Seats Remaining: How to Improve Your Volunteer Ministry —

That special deal on the High Impact Executive Course (E1), to be led by Al Newell and Associates, has nearly filled up. Recall that these are the same people who have trained the staff, leaders and volunteers of Voice of the Martyrs, Samaritans Purse (Operation Christmas Child), and Compassion International, to name a few, plus many others. It’s a Biblical model for working with volunteers, revealing the best practices for recruiting, selecting, training, leading and developing volunteers and volunteer leaders. Many who take this training and implement the principles have seen immediate and continued improvement and effectiveness in their volunteer ministries. This training is among the best in the country. Normally it costs $795 per person to register, if you simply attend a normal random E1. But, on a first-come, first-served basis, a limited number of Brigada readers can attend for $575.00 per person. It’s being staged in Louisville, KY at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on the east side of the city (Exit 17, I-64). It’ll start on the evening of April 15th, 2012 and finish on Wednesday April 18th around 5:00 p.m. You have the evenings free. If you’re interested — Inform Eric immediately by emailing

ederryatteamexpansiondotorg or calling 502-813-2046 (please tell him that you heard about it on Brigada). Better hurry though. Only 4 seats remain at the discounted Brigada-group price. He will send you a link, and you will need to then Register On-line using that link. You’ll then pay Team Expansion, thereby becoming part of Team Expansion’s “block” of tickets. He’ll then pay High Impact with one check. If you don’t register by the deadline but want to attend later, no problem. Register directly at the $795.00 price up until the day of the event as long as there are open seats  (max capacity is approximately 50). In this case, just go to …

 

http://www.ananet.com

 

2) Improve And Upgrade Your Ministry With Volunteers —

The High Impact Executive Course (E1) is an intensive 3-day training event for leaders who work with volunteers. Led by Al Newell and Associates, the same people who have trained the staff, leaders and volunteers of Voice of the Martyrs, Samaritans Purse (Operation Christmas Child), and Compassion International, to name a few, plus many others. It’s a Biblical model for working with volunteers, revealing the best practices for recruiting, selecting, training, leading and developing volunteers and volunteer leaders. Many who take this training and implement the principles have seen immediate and continued improvement and effectiveness in their volunteer ministries.

This training is among the best in the country. Normally it costs $795 per person to register, if you simply attend a normal random E1. But, on a first-come, first-served basis, a limited number of Brigada readers can attend for $575.00 per person. It’s being staged in Louisville, KY at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on the east side of the city (Exit 17, I-64). It’ll start on the evening of April 15th, 2012

and finishes on Wednesday April 18th around 5:00 p.m.

You have the evenings free. If you’re interested — Inform Eric by February 5th by emailing

ederryatteamexpansiondotorg or calling 502-813-2046 (tell him that you heard about it on Brigada). He will send you a link, and you will need to then Register On-line using that link. You’ll then pay Team Expansion, thereby becoming part of our “block” of tickets. We’ll pay High Impact with one check. If you don’t register by the deadline but want to attend later, no problem. Register directly at the $795.00 price up until the day of the event as long as there are open seats  (max capacity is approximately 50). In this case, just go to …

 

http://www.ananet.com

 

12) The BackPage: Where do Volunteers Register their Willingness? —

I remember “back in the day,” our organization subscribed to listings from Intercristo, an agency that specialized in connecting willing volunteers with mission opportunities. Back in 2009, Intercristo merged with ChristianJobs.com. I’m not really sure that the latter agency fills the same niche that Intercristo used to provide. For example, last week we received this note from a Brigada participant: “I am an electrician who would like to use my skills to “help.” Is there a resource website for skilled trades in missions? I know a lot of co-workers with a similar desire. I would love to hear something about this in Brigada.” Actually, I think he has a good point. If you know of such a service, please use the “Comment” feature (below the web version of this item) and clue us in. We’ll review on the services and report about them in a future Brigada Today. Certainly, if we’re to be successful in connecting workers with opportunities, this is exactly the kind of site we would need.

8) Web Follow-up System for your Church or Ministry —

The Mentor Center is an online follow-up system developed by TruthMedia.com which offers two opportunities to your church or ministry:

– empowers members with the appropriate gifts to volunteer as spare-time home-based mentors, to advise (by email) inquirers from other websites, who have spiritual questions.

– also enables any church or ministry to add a Mentor Center response form to their website, and thereby offer online advice to inquirers, using either their own in-house volunteers, or TruthMedia’s wider team of volunteers. Check it out at…

 

http://truthmedia.com/thementorcenter/what-is-tmc/

 

(Thanks for this one also, Tony!)

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