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When Work & Family Collide

Andy decided to create breathing room for his family by leaving work at 4 p.m. But he faced real fears before making that decision. (I’m afraid of what people will think. I’m afraid they’ll think I’m lazy. What happens when I tell people in the church I can’t come to ANYTHING in the evening?)

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Andy decided to create breathing room for his family by leaving work at 4 p.m. But he faced real fears before making that decision. (I’m afraid of what people will think. I’m afraid they’ll think I’m lazy. What happens when I tell people in the church I can’t come to ANYTHING in the evening?)

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Three Secrets to Volunteer Recruitment

Some of our volunteer roles aren’t always fun: parking team volunteers brave the rain, heat, and grumpy drivers; production team volunteers arrive before sunrise for sound check; family ministry volunteers change diapers and sweep up spilled Cheerios. So how do we manage to get 15,000 people to share their Sunday mornings with us as volunteers? Here are three of our secrets.

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Some of our volunteer roles aren’t always fun: parking team volunteers brave the rain, heat, and grumpy drivers; production team volunteers arrive before sunrise for sound check; family ministry volunteers change diapers and sweep up spilled Cheerios. So how do we manage to get 15,000 people to share their Sunday mornings with us as volunteers? Here are three of our secrets.

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One Critical Habit for Engaging the Unchurched

There’s ONE thing at the center of the target for us whenever we’re engaging with unchurched folks.

We’re aiming for a conversation, not a presentation.

When someone speaks up with questions about the Bible or wonders aloud about some of the trickiest topics of faith (Why do bad things happen to good people?), most of us are tempted to reply with the right answer. We coach our staff, volunteers, and small group leaders to respond differently.

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There’s ONE thing at the center of the target for us whenever we’re engaging with unchurched folks.

We’re aiming for a conversation, not a presentation.

When someone speaks up with questions about the Bible or wonders aloud about some of the trickiest topics of faith (Why do bad things happen to good people?), most of us are tempted to reply with the right answer. We coach our staff, volunteers, and small group leaders to respond differently.

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Evangelism Through Generosity

One of the challenges of being a church for unchurched people is that you don’t meet unchurched people in church. Until they’ve interacted with or been invited by one of us, they’re not interested. Which means that we can’t hole up inside our four walls and expect outsiders to come knock on our doors.

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One of the challenges of being a church for unchurched people is that you don’t meet unchurched people in church. Until they’ve interacted with or been invited by one of us, they’re not interested. Which means that we can’t hole up inside our four walls and expect outsiders to come knock on our doors.

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Accessible and Irresistible

At Drive 2013, Andy challenged church leaders to consider how accessible and irresistible they were making the message of Jesus for unchurched people. Perhaps this brief reminder will be a useful filter for you today.

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At Drive 2013, Andy challenged church leaders to consider how accessible and irresistible they were making the message of Jesus for unchurched people. Perhaps this brief reminder will be a useful filter for you today.

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