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11 OCTOBER 2018

Six Ways to Engage the Community

Congregations can play a role in building stronger communities. Here are six options, drawn from the National Congregations Study (NCS), a nationwide survey conducted every ten years since 1998. The NCS provides data on congregation’s activities, including engagement in the community. The researchers developed six broad categories of community engagement for this survey. Congregations can […]

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3 OCTOBER 2018

Thank Volunteers Early and Often

Leaders provide encouragement when they recruit volunteers well, place them carefully, and evaluate their performance in a healthy way. In addition to this, leaders can and should formally recognize the volunteer’s contribution.  Betty Stallings, a recognition expert, describes the Four P’s of recognition: making it personal, plentiful, powerful, and practical. Personal. Making it personal means […]

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How to Supervise Volunteers

At its most basic, supervising volunteers means supporting their work in order to sustain their activity over time. The apostle Paul calls on leaders “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12), which indicates that as we prepare others (equipping), we make them […]

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How to Recruit a Focus Group Moderator

            Listening works for political officials seeking to act on behalf of their constituents, and it works equally well for church leaders seeking to engage the community. A focus group represents one tool for listening to the community.             A focus group typically consists of eight to ten participants who meet for ninety minutes to […]

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27 AUGUST 2018

Before Acting, Do Social Analysis

If you want to address systemic issues such as poverty, hunger, and the environment at the local level, some form of social analysis will be required. Social analysis is a method for describing the local community surrounding the church in terms of the social structures that shape it, such as the economic, cultural and the […]

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18 JULY 2018

To Strengthen Your Work, Enlist Specialists

Specialists can help to navigate a complicated world filled with systems and technologies requiring professional knowledge. Yet enlisting specialists can be fraught. Experts can provide judgments which turn out to be drastically wrong. Other times ordinary people become so skeptical of expert knowledge that they insist on flying by their own misguided lights to the […]

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