Finding Ministry Volunteers: No Beating around the Burning Bush

Posted by Liz Perraud at Aug 23, 2016

Liz gives some great suggestions for your next volunteer search.

It’s that time again! The church program year is starting up and you’re looking for volunteer staffing for…well, what seems like everything. If you’ve ever had to ask anyone for money (to borrow or to donate), you know it’s a similar feeling. You’re uncomfortable, you lack confidence, you put it off as long as you can, and worst of all—you fear rejection. And it’s usually a founded fear! There is rejection! I know the feeling.

And I love it. I love praying about and discerning with others who God may be calling to a particular ministry or role, having the conversation to extend the personal invitation to consider that call, engaging in the question and answer period (always with some resistance) and then getting the response.  Most times it’s a “yes,” there are also some “no’s” but there’s always comfort in knowing that it was a biblical, relational process of helping someone wrestle with the decision. We don’t always get it right but it’s always a good experience and it always takes longer than it feels like it should. And it works. If you believe that it will.

Here are a few resources to help you through the process. Position after position. Year after year.

Read the rest of the article on the GenOn Ministries web site at http://www.genonministries.org/blogs/blog/finding-ministry-volunteers-no-beating-around-the-burning-bush 

 

10 Tips for Using Summer Art in Ministry

by Marian Bach

Arts & Faith

Here are some practical ways to use art in your ministry during the summer, using everything from crayons and cardboard to clay and music.

For more tips, visit Loyola Press’s Vacation Bible School.

Tip #1
Illustrate the Creation Story with Flowers
Beautiful and colorful flowers are everywhere in the summer. Take colored paper and cut out paper daisies of all colors. Attach the flowers to a cardboard backdrop of green-colored grass and blue sky, and read Genesis.

Tip #2
Find God with Sidewalk Chalk

Use sidewalk chalk and have children draw what they see in the world around them.  With sidewalk chalk in hand, artistic expression will abound.

Tip #3
Teach Kids about Service

Artistic expression is a way to open the hearts and minds of children in service to others. Using paint and patterns, have children decorate flower pots. Fill them with soil and plant some flowers to give to others who could use cheering up.

To see ideas 4-10, go to http://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/prayer/arts-and-faith/visual-arts/ten-tips-for-using-art-in-summer-ministry

Rally Day Ruminations: The Problem with Sunday School

Bruce Robinson has written an article that shares my viewpoint about the importance of the church providing support and encouragement to parents as they accept the crucial role of faith formation leaders for their children. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“The problem with Sunday School, I guess I’m trying to say, is that Sunday School just can’t do what we seem to be asking it to do. It’s not that we’re spending too much time and energy with our kids, but that we’re not spending nearly enough time with their parents. The problem is not that we spend too much time designing or selecting appropriate curriculum and then training our teachers to use that curriculum successfully on Sunday mornings, but that we’re not spending nearly enough time inspiring and equipping and training parents for their critical role as teachers and spiritual leaders in their own families, and then providing them with tools to undertake that ministry in a meaningful way”.

Read the entire article at http://livingchurch.org/covenant/2015/08/27/problem-with-sunday-school/

Back to School Prayer Station: Praying for Students & Teachers

Reposted from BuildingFaith.org

by Christine Hides on August 1st, 2016

Chalk in Bowl

“We hoped that a prayer station, in some small way, might be a positive and supportive presence for the community.”

 

 

 

Praying for Students and Teachers
A Back to School Prayer Station is a visible and public reminder that your church prays for students, parents and teachers. The idea is simple: create a chalkboard display in front of your church, with an invitation for anyone to write their prayers on the chalkboard.

The first year we used this prayer station, our local school district was in the midst of heated teacher contract negotiations. We hoped that a prayer station, in some small way, might be a positive and supportive presence for the community. In addition, students can see that their community is praying for them.

Find the details for setting up the Prayer Station can be found at the BuildingFaith web site. See the link below.

Build a Back to School Prayer Station