Church tech can be a minefield. There’s lighting, sound, Church Management Software, IT, websites, streaming, cyber-security and much more. And, with limited staff and expertise, it can be overwhelming. In small to medium size churches, resources are often stretched. And, the pastor, with a small staff compliment and volunteers must be experts of sort in everything. While having knowledgeable volunteers can be helpful, it’s not always the case.
The New Year is upon us — what are you planning for the New Year?
From our own personal goals to new ways to approach New Year planning for organizations and teams, Eric and Blessing discuss.
Last episode, I talked about my nerves of jumping into the volunteer life with church tech after taking some time off. A rotation has been set up with over 15 volunteers for the ministry so that people can rotate in just one weekend a month. You are still donating over 8 hours of your weekend to serve, but it is nice to have time in between serving.
Of course, one weekend in and I’m already messing up. Volunteering is definitely important to me, but Ohio at this time of year with fall is also tricky and I forgot about the activities. Every weekend we seem to have something going on. And of course, calendars ended up clashing.
Documenting is a way of keeping a record for not only for our own benefit but for those also affected by what we do. It is how we make sure that others aren’t incapacitated in our absence. And, in some ways also helpful in training others. We’ve explored these and other reasons in earlier posts. And, in a post preceding (Best Documenting Practices) this one in the Document It series, we explored some best practices. This series would be incomplete without looking at how to document.
This is one of the posts in a Document It series. The idea of the series is to look at documenting as part of the way of working in church life. In this post we’ve established the importance. Among other reasons, we determined that documenting alleviates a single point of failure. This post addressed some myths of documenting, which often stop people from doing so. It is only logical that we look at best-documenting practices.
I’ll admit upfront: this list is not exhaustive, but I hope it’ll be helpful for you and your team. Church life needn’t suffer for no good reason. So, best practices are about standardizing how you document.
What’s it like when you move to a new area, find a new church home, and start volunteering again?
And what about church leaders? What should their approach be when dealing with seasoned volunteers who are new to church teams?
We share some thoughts, reflect, and would love to hear your thoughts on this as well.