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The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Group Publishing (November 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764435647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764435645
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of numerous books including the brand new "Candid Confessions of an Imperfect Parent," and various youth ministry books like, "Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation," and the award winning book, "Do They Run When They See You Coming?" He speaks and trains at camps, conferences, and events across North America, and provides free resources to adult mentors on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. Jonathan lives with his wife Lori and their three teenagers in Northern California.

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Some of the other books I have purchased are very "Textbooky" and dry and I had a hard time reading them.
S. Mcshane
Jonathan & Thomas McKee have provided a very effective resource for those that manage organizations that use volunteers.
James M. Morrow
This book really helped me to understand the differences, and gave me a lot more respect for younger people.
Laurence T. Baxter

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Laurence T. Baxter VINE VOICE on May 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
As someone scratching their head trying to figure out how to get more people involved in our ministry, I turned to this book which talks about the challenges involved in recruiting and working with volunteers today. To say the least, it was a real eye-opener.

While just shy of being a "Boomer", my outlook on life and commitment is much more 'old school' than the new breed of volunteers. This book really helped me to understand the differences, and gave me a lot more respect for younger people. Their outlook on life is different, yes, but in no way inferior - and understanding their motivations, needs, and outlook on serving and commitment, will make a difference for both of us.

The book has three parts: The Volunteer Recruiter, the Volunteer Manager and the Volunteer Leader. The Volunteer Recruiter looks at this new breed of volunteer, painting a profile of the 21st Century volunteer. They talk about the need for providing easy on-ramps, and treating recruiting more like a courting relationship. The goal is not all that different - this new breed is quite capable and interested in committing, but it's going to be more on their terms, out of passion, and will come after they see themselves making a difference - it won't be signing on "up front" for long-term commitment out of someone else's 'need.' The first part also looks at two great sources of volunteers - retired Boomers and young professionals.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Mcshane on October 16, 2008
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I bought this book after recently being hired as a first time volunteer manager. My employer has tasked me with finding and retaining a large volume of volunteers, and to breathe new life into the volunteer program - a daunting task! I ordered this book, along with several others and found this one to be the most informative. It is a quick and conversational read (at less than 200 pages) and hit all of the points I was looking for. I found the advice to be sound, sensible and realistic. Some of the other books I have purchased are very "Textbooky" and dry and I had a hard time reading them. This book was the exact opposite. I would recommend this book to anyone starting out in this industry, and to those who are looking for new ideas to recruit volunteers. I especially found that the "intergenerational" aspect of volunteer recruiting explained in this book to be helpful. Knowing more about how people think and why is important to finding the right people.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gloria S. Lee on July 17, 2008
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The New Breed gives excellent descriptions of 21st century volunteers as opposed to those 20 years ago. It really helps us understand the 6 great seismic shift that took place which changed the characteristics of volunteers today:
1. Family Dynamics
2. Isolation
3. Flexibility
4. Generations
5. Technology
6. Professionalism
It gives great insight into retiring boomers and gen @ and why they are the newest volunteers today.

This book also has a lot of practical tips for recruiting, managing, and leading a team of volunteers. I appreciate the writers' approach to establishing the power and passion of the volunteer team: passion, focus, strategic thinking, community, training, and development. I also really enjoyed the resources that were given in the back of the book such as volunteer expectations, responsibilities of the position, volunteer application, and team-building activities.

This book definitely has great ideas... however, I picked it up thinking it would be more for church volunteers... I think this book is more suited for organizations that need volunteers. However, there are definitely ideas and resources that I can adapt to fit the church setting. Oh, and I really like that this book is very organized!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James M. Morrow on January 9, 2010
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Jonathan & Thomas McKee have provided a very effective resource for those that manage organizations that use volunteers. I owned my own business for 33 years, I was "The Boss." Today I am honored to work with a 501C3 organization that only has 5 salaried employees and over 150 volunteers. I realized quickly that I had to be in the "Volunteer Development Business" more than just providing the economic support to our clients.

The format of this book is wonderful. It is like you are at a seminar asking the authors personal questions and having them answer you as a friend.

Don't just buy this book for yourself, buy one for every member of your orgainization.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Mason on January 13, 2012
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This was a great resource as I help to lead our church and youth ministry into a new season of volunteer-based leadership. What a unique and effective approach to understanding the differences between generations as Jonathan and his father, Thomas, co-authored the book. Thanks a lot, guys.
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By missheartme on January 23, 2014
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Good read. The book applies to all types of management, not just to volunteering. Shipping was fast and I have no complaints about this transaction.
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