Volunteers for Today's Church: How to Recruit and Retain Workers by Dennis E. Williams, Kenneth O. Gangel
Too often, the same few faithful people end up volunteering their services in the church, while the majority seems content to watch the action - or lack thereof - from the sidelines. But there is hope for leaders who find themselves in this situation.
'Volunteers for Today's Church' shows ministry leaders how to motivate the stand-by crowd to start playing the game. And although just getting players to sign up is a major task, seasoned coaches know that this is just the beginning. Determining the strengths of each volunteer is crucial for a strong team. Dennis Williams and Kenneth Gangel here provide practical advice on how to dovetail a volunteer's gifts witha ministry that really fits. Included are tips on personal recruiting, teamwork, supervising, training, and keeping workers motivated.
Dennis E. Williams, Ph.D. is Dean of Institutional Assessment, Director of External Programs and Professor of Leadership and Church Ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as Executive Administrator for the North American Professors of Christian Education. Before joining the faculty at Southern Seminary, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Ministries at Denver Seminary. He received the Distinguished Service Award from Southwestern Baptist Religious Education Association and the Distinguished Educator Award from NAPCE in 1998.
Kenneth O. Gangel is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is also Senior Professor of Christian Education. A graduate of Taylor University, Grace Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Concordia Seminary, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City (Ph.D.), Dr. Gangel has written a number of books including 'Leadership for Church Education', 'Competent to Lead', and 'Lessons in Leadership from the Bible'.