74 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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 29 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.

    74. The Power Of Pause (w/ Vance Martin)

    74. The Power Of Pause (w/ Vance Martin)

    #074 – In our go, go, go culture, it can be difficult for us to press pause. The Navy Seals have a saying that “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast,” and when it comes to the ministry you lead, taking a second to slow down, press pause, and be present IN your ministry rather than constantly working ON your ministry can help give you the fresh eyes you need to see where you’re at, where your volunteers are at, where your ministry as a whole is at, and what direction you might need to head.

    We hope you enjoy episode 74 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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    • 31 min
    73. Building A "Volunteer First" Culture (w/ Vance Martin)

    73. Building A "Volunteer First" Culture (w/ Vance Martin)

    #073 – What is your job as a ministry leader? Well, if you’re the kids pastor, it’s ministering to kids, right? If you’re the youth pastor, it’s youth. Small groups, small groups - you get the idea. But what if we told you that your job as a ministry leader was not as directly correlated as you think? On today’s episode of the podcast, Josh and Vance discuss how time invested in volunteers can make a much bigger eternal impact than time invested directly into your ministry.

    We hope you enjoy episode 73 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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    • 27 min
    72. This Is A Game Changer (w/ Vance Martin)

    72. This Is A Game Changer (w/ Vance Martin)

    #072 – We’ve all heard it said before that “vision leaks,” right? At Lead Volunteers, we believe that short little phrase is not only true, but should motivate us as leaders to put extra time and attention into casting vision and leading our volunteers as we push the mission forward. Amen? Well, on today’s episode of the podcast, Josh is sitting down virtually with our friend, Vance Martin, and they are discussing what might be the most significant pre-service strategy that your ministry can have, and it boils down to 3 simple letters - V.I.P.

    We hope you enjoy episode 72 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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    • 31 min
    71. Why Ministry Leaders Quit Too Early

    71. Why Ministry Leaders Quit Too Early

    #071 – Ministry leaders are burning out and quitting at a higher rate than ever before. This heartbreaking statistic is due to many reasons, including stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and a feeling of chaos within their ministry. But what if some of those feelings early on in ministry are a normal part of the transition? Well, at Lead Volunteers, we like to call this progression “storming, norming, and performing,” a progression of phases that every leader experiences within the first 5 years of ministry. Understanding and identifying this progression could be the thing that helps you or a leader you know avoid making that quitting decision far too quickly.

    We hope you enjoy episode 71 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
    70. Too Much Of A Good Thing

    70. Too Much Of A Good Thing

    #070 – We all want our volunteers to have ownership in their role, right? But is there such thing as too much ownership? When does ownership become over-stepping? Well, in today's episode of the podcast we talk about the difference between "little-o" and "big-O" ownership, and how many of our volunteers (and even ourselves if we're not careful) can develop big-O ownership, and thus create an unhealthy culture for relationship development, accountability, and leadership. 

    We hope you enjoy episode 70 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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    • 22 min
    69. Stop Winging It

    69. Stop Winging It

    #069 – It’s happened to all of us - an event, meeting, or message has arrived and we have not put nearly as much time or energy into preparing as we would have liked, so we end up having to wing it. It happens. But what happens next? We, at Lead Volunteers, think a big danger in ministry can happen when we experience success through a “wing it” situation. Now, we certainly don’t wish failure upon anybody, but success on the back end of a lack of preparation can lead to a comfortability with our own abilities, which settles us into an acceptance with average, unplanned, and okay events, meetings, or messages. The only problem with a “winging it” strategy is that eventually, you’re gonna get burned, and in today’s episode, we talk about the importance of planning ahead, because it not only keeps you and your team more organized, it helps create a deeper and more meaningful impact for your ministry.

    We hope you enjoy episode 69 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

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Momotwinz31 ,

Practical And Entertaining

Josh teaches through modeling and through direct instruction. He knows how to hold my attention and to challenge me to grow.

sarahlhanson ,

Vulnerability

Thank you for this fantastic conversation full of wisdom!! Your teacher hearts are a gift to me. Appreciate you both so much! ❤️

Kamerinskyeelliott ,

Wow wow wow

I learned about this podcast from my course through International Network of Children’s Ministry lead by Josh. Me, being a volunteer, working my way up to a leader, I have found this podcast extremely helpful and informative! Even if you’re not a leader, it’s got some great information and ways to better yourself! There’s something to take away from every episode.

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