articles3This week, I recommend the following 4 articles:

The first article is one that came out recently in the “Christian Chronicle” that addresses the way we value leaders and people in general in our culture and its adverse affects.   This article is written by Jonathan Holmes and it can be found at the following link:   http://www.christianchronicle.org/article/are-ministries-reflecting-society-more-than-jesus#comments

Thumma and Bird are best known for their book The Other 80 Percent. This is a link is to their website that offers up-to-date relevant articles for churches that really take membership involvement seriously.

http://hirr.hartsem.edu/theother80percent.htm

There is a correlation between a child remaining in the church as an adult and his/her involvement in ministry as a church.   Church leaders must value children and focus on the many ways a child can serve.

http://churchexecutive.com/archives/involvement-in-ministry-keeps-children-in-church

Most churches are always looking for ways to get more members involved in the ministries of the local church.   I came across this article this week that list some ‘out of the box’ suggestions that I really like—I think you will, too:

http://www.excellerate.com/articles/how-to-get-your-church-members-more-involved/

One more from Rick Warren on “Why Your Volunteers Quit”

http://pastors.com/why-volunteers-quit/mc_cid=34765c9532&mc_eid=40abbe8545