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Building up the body

Building up the body
A book to help in encouraging, equipping and enabling volunteers in the church.
 
Our Price: £7.99
ISBN/EAN: 9780857461759
Stock: 1
Publisher: BRF
Author: Richard Steel
Format: Paperback
 
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Richard Steel, rector of Kirkheaton Parish Church near Huddersfield, made news across the world earlier this year with his 10 pound handout money-making idea. Richard gave away £550 of his own money in £10 notes to his congregation, encouraging them to invest it to raise funds for developments at their church. Money-making ideas ranging from organising walks to baking and buying and selling on eBay have now raised over 11,500 pounds.

The idea, based on the biblical parable of the talents, sprang from Richard's firm belief that volunteers, from treasurer to flower arranger, play a vital role in the ministry and mission of the church and within many Christian organisations. They are a force overflowing with ability and creativity but a force that can often be managed poorly and deserves far better.

Drawing on his wide experience of managing volunteers successfully in both a church and a community context, Richard provides, in his new bookBuilding up the Bodya practical guide for church and Christian organisation leaders.

My hope is that, by sharing in what I have learnt, others may become better leaders of volunteers, whether they are volunteers themselves or are paid for their work. The latter have a special duty towards those they lead, since, as well as giving their time, the volunteers are often providing the money that pays for their leaders. That is true of churches but equally of many Christian organisations and indeed many charities, large and small.

Starting with a theology for volunteering, Building up the Body offers tried-and-tested ways of recognising the God-given gifts that everyone has, and shows how these gifts can contribute to work in and beyond church. Using them is an important element of personal Christian discipleship. Richard explains how volunteers' expectations differ between different generations, highlighting the fact that leaders today need to provide more flexibility and less micromanagement than in the past. Volunteers today are less tolerant of incompetence and inefficient meetings. They want a 'job' experience that is not taken for granted but definitely makes a difference.

A wide range of ideas are presented for recruiting volunteers from all age groups and abilities (and 'disabilities'). There is guidance on training, risk assessment, providing expenses, health and safety, role descriptions, volunteer agreements, probationary periods, appraisals and solving conflicts, as well as the vital importance of saying 'thank you' and the many ways this can be done.

Richard also looks closely at the role of the leader of volunteers - the need to provide not just resources but also motivation through the use of emotional intelligence. He offers helpful direction on how to avoid a poor leadership style that loses the goodwill of the volunteer.

The book concludes with appendices that provide sample role descriptions and volunteer agreements, along with websites for more resources and suggestions for further reading.

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