What if your church had more volunteers than you knew what to do with? Sound far-fetched? It doesn't have to be. Now consultant, pastor, and author Nelson Searcy unveils his secret to doubling your volunteer base in as little as one day. Yes, you read that right.
This step-by-step guide shows church leaders how to create a culture that attracts, keeps, and grows volunteers. Taking a comprehensive approach to the often frustrating issue of finding and retaining volunteers, Connect gives leaders the practical insight and tools they need to effectively involve people in serving the local church. It details how to help people see the importance of serving, how to continually raise up new volunteers, how to really delegate, and even how to "fire" a volunteer. Every church leader who has struggled with getting and keeping people active in the church (and that's all of them) will love the practical, workable strategies found here.
Nelson Searcy is the founding and lead pastor of The Journey Church. Started in 2002 in New York City, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island, as well as additional locations in San Francisco and Boca Raton. Nelson is the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research. He is the author of more than seventy-five church growth resources and twelve books, including The Generosity Ladder, Maximize, Connect, and Ignite. Nelson is also an experienced church planter, coach, and church-growth strategist. Before to founding The Journey, he served as the director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church. He is also the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com and the Renegade Pastors Network.
Jennifer Dykes Henson is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has served as a writer/producer and ministry consultant to organizations across the East Coast. Jennifer also worked with Dr. Charles Stanley as the manager of marketing communications for In Touch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
I can't say enough about the volunteer system Nelson outlines in Connect. Before implementing it, I felt like we were always behind in getting people onto volunteer teams each week. But since we launched this system, the constant pressure and weekly chaos have faded. Now, we have over 1,000 excited volunteers show up Sunday after Sunday, ready to serve! For years, our church has experienced uncommon growth trends--something we never could have sustained without a good volunteer system in place. Everywhere I go, I find myself recommending this and all of Nelson's systems to pastors who truly want to maximize the potential in their churches. Read this book with your team!
lead pastor, Eastlake Church, Seattle and Bothel, WA
Connect is a great book on volunteering to mobilize your church. Searcy details a clear, practical approach for getting people connected with the serving opportunities that will grow them personally and grow the church as whole. If every church leader read Connect and applied its teaching, the number of people actively engaged in serving God's kingdom would explode! Just imagine what that could mean for ministry both locally and around the world. I know you will be revisiting these pages time and time again!
pastor of small groups, Saddleback Church; author of Small Groups with Purpose and Leading Small Groups with Purpose
Nelson Searcy has done it again. With more than twenty years of experience down in the trenches of local church ministry, he has developed a clear and compelling system for moving people into ministry. His simple tools and well-defined strategy are easily transferable, no matter what your ministry setting or challenges. Most importantly, Connect will help you 'connect' your people to life-giving service that is meaningful, sustainable, and enjoyable.
founder of Replenish Ministries
No one, to my knowledge, is as good at developing systems for recruiting, training, and deploying people in ministry as is Nelson Searcy. In his newest book, Connect, Searcy addresses the principles and theology of volunteer ministry. Just as important, however, he shows the processes and procedures that actually work. Church leaders who are struggling to find volunteers will find Connect a valuable resource.
-Gary L. McIntosh,
professor, Christian ministry and leadership, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
God had grown our church to about three hundred in attendance when it became clear that we would not grow any further than I was able to grow as a leader. God used Nelson's coaching and systems to grow North Star to 2,000 in attendance. Thanks in particular to the Connect system, our volunteers have outpaced that growth. I don't have to worry about things getting done because I have such a strong, consistent group of volunteers who are passionate about serving. That takes pressure off of my shoulders and frees me up to focus on teaching and leading. This book is a gift!
senior pastor, North Star Church, Panama City, FL
God has called church leaders to equip the saints to do the work of the ministry. Connect provides an effective system to make that happen. It is packed with helpful ideas. I am a raving fan of Nelson Searcy and have learned so much from his resources. This book will change your life and those around you.
lead pastor, Capital Baptist Church, Annandale, VA; author of Bod4God