- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer Paperback – November 5, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
1. Family Dynamics
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well illustrated. Lots of tips to check. That's why I bought it. It helps me to keep going when time is rough.Published 22 months ago by Queen Esther
Trying to get people to volunteer in the church can be a painful and frustrating task. Quite often, if a volunteer does step up, it is often by default. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by John S. Reynolds
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.Published on January 23, 2014 by missheartme
This book is short, easy to read, and packed with great ideas and resources especially online resources. Any leader or aspiring leader will find it useful.Published on June 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book has been very helpful in understanding how to more effectively recruit volunteers in today's world. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Jeannie
If you've worked with volunteers for some time, this book will not be revolutionary, but it definitely provides good information and is full of great reminders. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by JK
This was a great resource as I help to lead our church and youth ministry into a new season of volunteer-based leadership. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Joe Mason