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4 Steps to Help When You Find Yourself Saying “Yikes! I Have to Fire a Volunteer.”

Oh that dreaded moment is here. That motivated, excited person who loves God that you recruited for your worship team, tech team, sound team, whatever, is not exactly doing that well. And it’s not that they aren’t doing that well, they are pulling others down, and monopolizing time that honestly, you don’t have. You love to train, disciple, and build into people of course, but there comes a time when enough is enough, and yes, you have to fire a volunteer. As a side note, if you have not experienced this before, then stick around in your position long enough, and trust me, you’ll get there. More than anything, this is a reality of working with people, and helping them grow in the Lord. And as leaders, this is about learning how to best equip people and place them where they can best use their gifts in the church.

So what do you do when you find yourself needing to fire someone who is willing to give their time, their energy, and their skills to serving the church? I mean the last thing we want to do is to squash their passion for serving the church, right!? So how do we tactfully handle these potentially messy situations. Fear not! We’ve got some tips for you that will help you out:

1. Pray
Of course we know this, but sometimes it’s the last thing we remember to do. We are all in the ministry to serve and to utilize the gifts God has given us to proclaim His glory to everyone, everywhere. No one has a monopoly on the best way to handle a situation or work with people. So with humility we should bathe this entire process in prayer. Let’s drop to our knees and ask God for the following:

– Wisdom (James 1:5)
– Understanding (Proverbs 2:3)
– Humility (Philippians 2:3-4)

2. Assess
Take some time to assess the situation and grab a trusted advisor to join you in this process (Proverbs 11:14). It is during this time that you need to take a 30,000 foot view of the ministry, their role, and their shortcomings. Ask yourself the following questions:

– What are their expectations?
– Are they lacking the necessary equipment?
– Are they lacking the necessary training?

If you can come up with solutions here that could keep you from firing the volunteer, then by all means, create a strategy and implement the plan. If everything has been taken care of and the individual still needs to be fired, then continue on.

3. Meet
Get together with the individual. Don’t send a note. Don’t use sticky notes. Don’t email them. And for all things good, please, please, please do not use social media! And be wise, if it’s a person of the opposite sex, don’t meet behind closed doors. When you meet together understand up front that each of you have a responsibility. You have a responsibility to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and they have a responsibility to humbly listen to criticism (Proverbs 15:31). With that as the foundation, have a meaningful conversation. Here are a few points to hit on while you are talking:

– Acknowledge their willingness to serve and show your appreciation
– Discuss vision and purpose of their role to ensure clarity
– Show where you are seeing discontinuity between their actions/attitudes and the role
– Acknowledge the gifting you are seeing in that individual
– Offer another way to utilize their talents, or if they do not know, then guide them to resources to help them find their talents

4. Critique
Now that you have fired the individual and helped them to know their strengths and get plugged in where they will thrive, it is time for you to critique your own volunteer management process. Start fresh. If someone volunteers for a position, then set the standard that they are agreeing to be trained, coached, and reviewed regularly to ensure they are utilizing their gifts. This is a structured, well thought out plan versus simply thanking God that you have a warm body to take care of a task. Having that mentality is sure to get you into a world of frustration and firings. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

– Could you have handled the situation better?
– Could you have provided better training/oversight?
– Did you rush to put someone into this position?
– What process will you utilize to place a new volunteer into this role?

It is never fun to fire volunteers, but in leadership, it is a necessary task. But be encouraged! If you create a fresh, new, structured volunteer management process, then the number of firings will be greatly reduced.

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Top 10 Worship Songs Your Church Needs to Be Singing

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It’s time for another Top 10 list. Let’s be real; there is a huge number of directions we could go with Top 10 lists. In fact, here’s a Top 10 list of some of the best Top 10 lists we could do right now:

  1. Top 10 Mini Movies This Week
  2. Top 10 Sermon Buzz Words/Phrases (“Come on CHURCH!”)
  3. Top 10 Still Backgrounds This Month
  4. Top 10 Beards for Pastors
  5. Top 10 Motion Backgrounds
  6. Top 10 Youth Pastor Hairstyles
  7. Top 10 Countdowns of All Time
  8. Top 10 Sermons
  9. Top 10 Church Tech Jobs
  10. Top 10 Creative Buckets to Use for the Offering

With so many Top 10 lists to choose from, what should we do? I tell you what, maybe, JUST maybe, we can get to some of those on this list. But for now, let’s stick with an old crowd favorite of the Top 10 worship songs your church should be singing right now.

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What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong

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Lion and the Lamb – Bethel

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Good Good Father – Chris Tomlin

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Lord I Need You – Matt Maher

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This Is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham

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O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship

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O Praise the Name (Anastasis) – Hillsong

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Fierce – Jesus Culture

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Your Love Awakens Me – Phil Wickham

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In Christ Alone – Kristian Stanfill

There you have it! What are the Top 10 worship songs your church is singing these days?

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8 Steps on How to Coil Cables Like a Ninja

Copy of HeartGrippingParable on God's Love (2)We all know that what it’s like to pick up a cord only to find it tangled with thirteen other cables, looking as if it has multiple loops itself. To borrow a saying from the fishing world, it looks like a rat’s nest on my bait caster reel! This is no fun when you need to move quickly and meet deadlines. What can we do about it? We can learn and then we can train.

Hopefully, we know NOT to tightly wrap a cable under our elbow and over our hands in order to get a “seemingly” good coil. Once the tension is let off, the nice looking coil goes away and the rat’s nest shows up again. Also, it’s not good for the wiring inside of the cables to force them into an unnatural coil. So, how do we coil cables? I’m glad you asked. Simply use the Over/Under method. Follow along and you’ll be doing it in no time!

8 Steps

  1. To begin, lay the cable out in a straight line.
  2. Hold the end of the cable so it’s pointing away from you in your left hand and with your thumb on top, also pointing away from you.
    OVER WRAP
  3. With your right hand, grab the cable with your thumb on top pointing in the same direction as your left thumb.
  4. Naturally, bring your right hand to your left, and the cable will wrap around with what we call an over wrap.
  5. Hold the loop with your left hand.
    UNDER WRAP
  6. Rotate your right hand so your palm is up and your right thumb is pointing in the opposite direction of your left thumb, and grab the cable.
  7. Bring your right hand to your left hand while rotating your hand in a counter-clockwise fashion until your thumb is pointing in the direction it was when you started. This creates the under wrap.
  8. Create an over loop, then an under loop, and so on and so on until the cable is wrapped.

Benefits

  • Cables will last longer
  • Cables will store flat
  • Cables will unwind nicely without any loops
  • You’ll feel like a professional!

Now, get out there and teach everyone how to wind cables up like a ninja!

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FREE February Media

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You’ve noticed it, as well, haven’t you? The days are getting longer; the sun doesn’t set quite so early. How exciting is THAT!? This time of year makes me so happy! I love it. In honor of the sun staying out longer, how about we celebrate with some FREE media? That’s even better, right? This month, we have some great content to offer you. There’s a countdown, song track, song chart, interactive crowd-breaker, and a mini movie for you. Be sure to grab all of these freebies and pass them along to your media loving friends!

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String Theory Countdown by Media4Worship

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Revelation Song by iWorship

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Step Up or Step Back by Digital Felt Productions

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He Is Worship Intro by Life Scribe Media

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Holy Holy by The Brilliance

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Free Video Clip – Lightstock

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Heartbreaking Parable on God’s Love You Do Not Want to Miss

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Every once in a while, a mini movie, song, sermon, or story seems to capture your heart afresh and overwhelm your soul with emotion. That’s exactly what happened when I watched this mini movie by Journey Box Media called Prodigal. In this mini movie, we find a modern adaptation of the story of the prodigal son. It is one that will take you on an epic emotional journey filled with fear, hope, brokenness, joy, gratitude, elation, and jubilation. I told you this mini movie would be epic! During this season where we focus so much on love, you may be able to use this mini movie in your services to make a stunning visual demonstration of the unbelievable, undeniable, furious love of God.

Prodigal by Journey Box Media

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