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Keeping volunteers engaged and willing to serve

When it comes to ministry scheduling, every scheduler will admit that they have a certain few volunteers that are their “regulars.” These are the volunteers you can consistently rely on to show up when scheduled, fill in if others need a sub, and help out when you’re in a jam. But what is it that keeps those volunteers engaged and willing to serve regularly? And how can we get more volunteers to be our regulars? Here are some ideas to help engage your volunteers and retain them for the long run!

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Tips for Scheduling with New Requirements

As we embrace the new normal of scheduling church services and volunteers, whether it's for online or in-person services, it's important to know there are tools available to make this new reality easier. Here are three ways to accommodate the changes happening in your church while still making it easy to resume consistent scheduling when the time comes.

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Managing volunteers during the holidays

This year has already been unpredictable, to say the least! With the holidays on the horizon, you may be wondering what special needs might need to be accommodated for services that already require extra attention and volunteers. Putting a plan together now for this year's schedule not only reduces the stress of planning and organizing of volunteers in a time of unknowns, but it also creates a process that will help for future holiday scheduling that might look a little bit more like it has in the past.

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Recognizing your standout volunteers

Recognizing a volunteers' time and effort, whether formally with thank-you events or awards, or informally through simple acts of gratitude, is an easy way to reward and encourage future participation.

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Different Ways to Schedule Your Volunteers

Here are four of the most popular scheduling methods that you can use individually or in combination with each other, to create a volunteer schedule for your church.

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The Season of Adaptation; Things to Consider When Reopening Your Church

Church services in the coming weeks may look very different than the last time we gathered back in March, and it may be helpful to think of this as launching a new church rather than trying to return to how things used to be. By approaching your reopening in this way, you’ll be better equipped to identify the ways that your volunteer program needs to adapt to succeed.

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Tips for Re-Engaging Your Volunteers

Our communities are experiencing rapid changes in how they meet, communicate, and support one another. But while many services across the nation have been put on hold, the passion of your volunteers has never wavered, and they may be looking for your guidance on how they can best continue to serve. After conversations with Ministry Scheduler Pro users, we've put together resources on how you can use MSP to help! Here are a few ideas on how you can "repurpose" your volunteers to serve in other ways:

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Best Practices for Effective Holiday Volunteer Scheduling

Christmas is right around the corner, and for a ministry scheduler, that means busy days ahead. Wondering how you can keep your volunteer scheduling in order during the most hectic time of the year? As a previous volunteer scheduler at my church, I’ve put together some ideas to help you get started.

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7 Creative Ways to Say Thank You to Church Volunteers

The holiday season is upon us, and with that, you’ll need to think beyond ministry scheduling and consider new and creative ways to say “thank you” to ministry volunteers who have given of their time and energy. Take a look at the following seven suggestions for new ideas!

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4 Ways to Develop and Encourage Ministry Leaders

Having the right leadership in place is vital for the life of your church. This isn’t just true of paid ministry staff. Lay leaders are also important. When it comes to volunteer leadership roles — from ministry scheduling to teaching and leading — knowing how to develop volunteers’ skills and provide feedback is essential. Consider the following ideas to help grow and develop the volunteer ministry leaders at your church.

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