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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 pounds of his own money in 10 pound 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 book Building up the Body a 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.

Richard is hoping the book will stimulate interest and discussion across denominations and beyond church circles to Christian organisations. He is establishing a blog that leaders and volunteers can engage with to help improve the volunteer experience further and to guide those who manage volunteers to continually improve practices: http://churchvolunteer.wordpress.com/.
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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 pounds of his own money in 10 pound 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 book Building up the Body a 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.

Richard is hoping the book will stimulate interest and discussion across denominations and beyond church circles to Christian organisations. He is establishing a blog that leaders and volunteers can engage with to help improve the volunteer experience further and to guide those who manage volunteers to continually improve practices: http://churchvolunteer.wordpress.com/.
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Please allow 10 days for your order to arrive. You will receive a tracking number for your order via email. To keep prices low we ship via the US Postal Service. This means sometimes you have to wait a little longer to get your order but it's always worth it!

Returns are easy, simply contact us and send your item to our returns centre for fast processing. We'll get you a replacement or refund in a snap!

Here are 5 more great reasons to buy from us:

so
   

You get a full 30 days to return your item to us. If it doesn't fit, it breaks, you've changed your mind or for no reason whatsoever simply send it back to us and we'll cheerfully refund you 100% of your order.

Returns are easy, simply contact us for a returns number and send your item to our returns centre for fast processing. We'll get you a replacement or refund in a snap!

In the unlikely event that you find your item cheaper at another online store, just let us know and we'll beat the competitor's pricing hands-down.

We insist that you love everything you buy from us. If you're unhappy for any reason whatsoever, just let us know and we'll bend over backwards to make things right again.

Ordering from Biblestore is 100% safe and secure so you can rest easy. Your personal details are never shared, sold or rented to anyone either.

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