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Tony Morgan is a pastor and the chief strategic officer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina. Also a popular church culture blogger, he has written about staffing, technology, strategic planning, and leadership for "Outreach "and "Rev "magazines, Pastors.com, and PurposeDriven.com. His first book with B&H Publishing Group is "Killing Cockroaches: And Other Scattered Musings on Leadership". Tony and his wife, Emily, have four children.

Tim Stevens is Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King's College London. He is co-author of Cyberspace and the State (2011) and has published widely on cyber security and related issues in journals such as International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue and Contemporary Security Policy.
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  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Group Publishing (September 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764427563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764427565
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Stevens and Tony Morgan understand volunteers. Beyond volunteers, they understand leadership of volunteers. In concise, snappy, story-loaded chapters, these hands-on authors offer practical, usable principles that will help you motivate, empower and create champions of the volunteers who make up your church (or any organization). This should be in your library and the library of every leader in your church. Highly recommended!
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I've had the honor of overseeing about 200 volunteers for my online ministry for those with chronic illness since 1996. It is always a challenge to be able to maintain "control" (for lack of a better word) while communicating how much the service of the volunteers is appreciated. I found this book extremely helpful in my own volunteer management, even though most of "my" volunteers are actually online.

While reading this book I was trying to decide how to make some necessary logistical decisions about online ministry programs, but not wishing to hurt the feelings of any volunteers who oversaw these programs. In no way did I wish to have them feel I was moving their ministry program around online without considering their experience in working with the people it served each day.

I have to say that this book helped me immensely. In some cases, my answer was to just wait, and God was faithful and putting it on the hearts of my volunteers to make some of the changes I have preferred-- but had not even spoken out loud.

Volunteers are extremely special people and those involved in ministry, despite their own physical pain and limited energy, can never fully be thanked enough. This book, unlike most volunteer management books, also mentioned e-volunteers or virtual volunteers.

Simply Strategic Volunteers was, and will continue to be, an excellent tool for me as I make decisions about programs and people and where the priorities of each are in the body of the ministry. This is one of those books every ministry or nonprofit leader should read through each year as a refresher course.
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Three cheers for Morgan and Stevens! When you place value on your volunteers, you marshal the full resources of your staff, the board, the budget and all the other management buckets to ensure volunteerism success. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well.

"It is easy to get lost in the micro-purpose of the ministry and forget the macro-vision of the organization," write Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens in their incredibly practical book (99 quick volunteer ideas).

Is your volunteer program in alignment with your organization's mission? Do you have a run-away program (led by volunteers, perhaps) that is no longer aligned with the macro-vision of your organization? Do your programs flow out of your mission statement and your Big Holy Audacious Goal? When they do, blast off with every gun blazing. Remember, your unpaid volunteers and paid volunteers are on the same team! (That would be Jesus' team.)

The Volunteer Bucket is one of 20 buckets in my book, Mastering The Management Buckets: 20 Critical Competencies for Leading Your Business or Non-profit, and you must integrate all the buckets. Everyone who works with volunteers needs their own copy of Simply Strategic Volunteers.
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One of the best books I've read on church & volunteer leadership . . . Definitely in my top 5 list!!!!!
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This is a text that every church staff person or lay leader should read about how to recruit volunteers and help them live our their personal ministry.
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Could be helpful for a pastor or staff member, but if they lack wisdom to such a degree that this book is relevant, I'm not sure whether it would benefit them. First, it is not Biblical: the Bible is not central, references have an "added-on-second-thought" quality, and the misuse of scripture in mini-chapter 44 is appalling. (The book cites Judas' inclusion with the original twelve disciples to imply it's okay to enlist an interested volunteer who isn't yet a believer. Enlisting such a person may be appropriate, but not on the basis of Judas!) Second, it is not Christ-centered. There's little about how to deal with a workaholic or someone who wants salvation through good deeds instead of faith in Jesus. There's not even a sense of consecration or worship. Third, it deals in generalities. Decision-making at this level becomes significant only when pressed into the gritty matrix of reality. Since this book is a long series of 1-2 page articles, it rarely approaches the depth where the advice can become meaningful. On a positive note, the authors have provided cross-references between the articles, but it is still repetitious.
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Great Book for building Volunteer teams! Required reading for our Staff, with application to our various departments in a month!
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