42 episodes

Leading volunteers in a ministry context is hard. Thankfully, we've done the hard work for you. This inspirational and conversational podcast is fast-paced, systems oriented, and gives you practical steps to get moving within each episode.

Lead Volunteers exists to help churches and faith-based non-profits overcome the pain and challenge of Recruiting, Training and Retaining Volunteers by helping you:

*GET SKILLS - avoid ministry burnout through practical systems.
*GET INSPIRED - see volunteer leadership as a means of disciple-making.
*GET MOVING - assertively apply ideas from each episode.

The Lead Volunteers Podcast Josh Denhart

    • Christianity
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Leading volunteers in a ministry context is hard. Thankfully, we've done the hard work for you. This inspirational and conversational podcast is fast-paced, systems oriented, and gives you practical steps to get moving within each episode.

Lead Volunteers exists to help churches and faith-based non-profits overcome the pain and challenge of Recruiting, Training and Retaining Volunteers by helping you:

*GET SKILLS - avoid ministry burnout through practical systems.
*GET INSPIRED - see volunteer leadership as a means of disciple-making.
*GET MOVING - assertively apply ideas from each episode.

    42. Small-Time Ministry in a Big-Time Way (w/ Dawn Farris)

    42. Small-Time Ministry in a Big-Time Way (w/ Dawn Farris)

    #042 – “Those who are faithful in little, will also be faithful in much.” – It’s easy in ministry to covet the “numbers” and “success” of larger ministries, but what does that say to the majority of faithful servants whose name may never be known to the masses? The beauty of ministry is not found in self-glorification, but in the glorification of the God who created you and every single person in your ministry. In today’s conversation with Dawn Farris, we talk about how to lead your family while in full time ministry, how to win in ministry, how to fail gracefully and productively, and also how to be faithful servants in the places God has us.

    We hope you enjoy episode 42 of the Lead Volunteers Podcast and share it with a ministry leader you know who may find this beneficial for their ministry context!

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    • 32 min
    41. Let's Talk Recruiting Strategies (w/ Tim Weber)

    41. Let's Talk Recruiting Strategies (w/ Tim Weber)

    #041 – Recruiting volunteers in ministry is one of the biggest headaches for many ministry leaders – no matter your church size. Is there a way to make it easier? While there may not be an “easy button” for volunteer recruitment, there are some practical steps you can take to up your game as a volunteer recruiter. Today we were able to sit down with Pastor Tim Weber and pick his brain about the things he’s done to not just scrape by with his church’s volunteers, but how he has developed teams, individuals, and thriving volunteer cultures – so get your notebook and pen ready :)

    We hope you enjoy episode 41 of the Lead Volunteers Podcast and share it with a ministry leader you know who may find this beneficial for their ministry context!

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    • 27 min
    40. Is Your Ministry A Mess?

    40. Is Your Ministry A Mess?

    #040 – They say “messiness begets messiness – cleanliness begets cleanliness.” So the question is, how would you define your ministry? Often times it’s easy to let things slide for a short while, but those few days can turn into weeks, which turn into months, which can turn into years - and before you know it, you are in middle of a messy, or chaotic, ministry culture. Well, the good news is that there is hope. There is hope for a clean and orderly ministry, and today’s episode of the podcast, we share with you some practical ways to make that your reality. The benefits are not only peace of mind for you and your team, but a more exciting ministry to be a part of!

    We hope you enjoy episode 40 of the Lead Volunteers Podcast and share it with a ministry leader you know who may find this beneficial for their ministry context!

    If you would like to gain INSTANT access to the bank of resources mentioned in today's episode, check out leadvolunteers.com and get started today!

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    • 21 min
    39. How To Easily Boost Your Productivity

    39. How To Easily Boost Your Productivity

    #039 – Mark Twain was credited with saying, “if the first thing you do in the morning is eat a live frog, you can go through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you.” When it comes to ministry, we often find ourselves doing the easy – low effort tasks at the beginning of our days to “ease ourself into the day.” While this “ease-in” method may seem nice, it is actually an enemy of your productivity. In today’s episode of the podcast we talk about our brain’s capacity for focus and execution – and how if we waste our time on easy tasks when our brains are most productive, we won’t have anything left to accomplish the “big-rock-tasks” that need to be moved to advance our ministry’s mission.

    We hope you enjoy episode 39 of the Lead Volunteers Podcast and share it with a ministry leader you know who may find this beneficial for their ministry context!

    If you would like to gain INSTANT access to the bank of resources mentioned in today's episode, check out leadvolunteers.com and get started today!

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    • 22 min
    38. Knowing When To Say "No"

    38. Knowing When To Say "No"

    #038 – We live in a world with a seemingly endless amount of resources – especially in the church world! You’ve probably been to a conference or roundtable that presents you with the next best thing for your ministry. You’ve also probably had conversations with other ministry leaders or members of your church that give you a lead on a new resource that you should take advantage of. There is no shortage of materials and resources for us to take advantage of as leaders – so how do we know which one to pick? And once we decide which direction we’re heading, how do we stick with it and not get distracted by every shiny object that comes our way? Well, that’s what we’re going to talk about on today’s episode of the podcast – picking a direction and sticking with it.

    We hope you enjoy episode 38 of the Lead Volunteers Podcast and share it with a ministry leader you know who may find this beneficial for their ministry context!

    If you would like to gain INSTANT access to the bank of resources mentioned in today's episode, check out leadvolunteers.com and get started today!

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    • 24 min
    37. The Most Important Ministry In Your Church

    37. The Most Important Ministry In Your Church

    #037 – What would you say is the most important ministry in your church? I’m sure there are one or two things that come to mind (including the ministry you lead, of course), but what if we told you that there are more important things to focus on? Hard pill to swallow, right? In this episode of the podcast we talk about how to focus our ministries in on our "core" so that we don’t get repeatedly distracted and overwhelmed by the extra programming and tasks that seem to fill our plate as leaders.

    We hope you enjoy episode 37 of the Lead Volunteers Podcast and share it with a ministry leader you know who may find this beneficial for their ministry context!

    If you would like to gain INSTANT access to the bank of resources mentioned in today's episode, check out leadvolunteers.com and get started today!

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

J-Dasha ,

Makes hard growing fun!

I took the Lead Volunteers course along with listening to his podcasts, and something that’s awesome about how Josh runs everything he does is he makes it fun! Even the hard things or uncomfortable things you need to do to grow as a leader and in your ministry. You always feel good even if you feel you’re not doing well because he emphasizes that it’s a process that you can start from wherever you are- and you’ll always improve if you simply DO SOMETHING! He keeps it real.
I definitely recommend any product produced by Josh and Lead Volunteers!

PastorCurt ,

Josh-isms

Josh is so wise. Every time I listen to him, it feels like I become a slightly better person. God has given him a ton of wisdom AND the ability to communicate it. I love his Josh-isms - like instead of saying, “You should start recruiting really early,” he says, “When’s the best time to start recruiting? 5 weeks ago.” So memorable. Looking forward to more episodes. Thanks, Josh!

Update: I appreciated the shout-out to introverts and their super-power of listening in episode 6.

Also, a pastor from another church invited me out to lunch to pick my brain about a sticky volunteer situation they were facing, and ask how I would handle it. My answer was totally framed in the 4 C’s you shared. I love that framework. I’ve always said that sometimes volunteers look good from every angle - their spiritual life, their gifting and natural abilities, etc., but for some reason they’re just not a good fit with the team. But that’s not very catchy. But using your framework - explaining that his volunteer ticked 3 of the C boxes, but not the Chemistry box, was a super-clear way to explain it. He totally got it. I looked super-wise. :) And I drove home thanking God that I had listened to your podcasts. Keep up the great work!

Stacia 84 ,

Amazing!

Great Podcast! Make sure to listen to this one and to share!

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