Resources for Ministry #1: High Impact Volunteer Ministry

reg_blue-Package-CoverI have spent the last several years working in ministries with high quantities of volunteers.  I have recruited and developed high-caliber volunteers to the point where they are running ministry with little to no staff oversight.  I have been in a ministry with 80% of the congregation volunteering in ministry.

But the High Impact concept by Al Newell is the best resource I have found for working with volunteers.  Al is able to articulate why what I was doing was working.  He is able to articulate why what I was doing was not working.  And he lays out a system of volunteer management that is second to none.

If you are working with volunteers in ministry, this resource will show you how to:

Recruit Volunteers without pulling teeth

Have a Process to Select Volunteers so that you get the best and not just the willing

Say No to Volunteers who don’t fit in your ministry

Think of Volunteers as Partners with you in ministry

Help you develop a Volunteer Management System

High Impact will help you think about your volunteers as partners in the ministry who need places to serve and not consumers of your programs.  It will transform the way you think about volunteers in your ministry.  Check out Newell and Associates and start a new chapter in your volunteer ministry.


3 Must Reads

Chris Brogan ( recently threw out the idea of only reading 3 books in the course of a year.  The idea is that when we try to read a lot of books, we treat them like a to do list and don’t actually get much out of them.  Instead, he says, read fewer books, but spend more time with each to get the most out of them.

If you were to take this approach to reading on Church Organization this year, here are the three books I’d put in your hands:

 1. Advanced Strategic Planning: A New Model for Church and Ministry Leaders
In this volume, Aubrey Malphurs not only explains the benefits of long term strategic planning, but goes in depth on how to do it.  384 pages of how to make a strategic plan for your church.  This is a resource I use all the time. 

2. The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business
Ranked the #3 Business Book of 2012 by Amazon, The Advantage brings together much of Patrick Lencioni’s work into one volume.  While his narratives are easier to read, The Advantage brings all the deliverables into one book as a plan for getting your organization healthy.  It will help you assess the health of your church staff, leadership, and volunteers.

3. Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church
Nelson Searcy is an excellent systems thinker.  It is worth your time to read all of his books, but this is the best introduction to church systems.  In Fusion, you will learn how to create an Assimilation System in your church.  The principles of building a system then will help you as you look at other areas within the church.

These three books will put you in position to be a more organized and effective church.

What 3 books would you recommend I read this year?