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Simply Strategic Volunteers: Empowering People for Ministry Paperback – September 15, 2005
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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.
"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.