Volunteering: A Guide to Serving in the Body of Christ

Volunteering: A Guide to Serving in the Body of Christ
By Leith Anderson, Jill Fox

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Volunteering can be a rewarding and exciting experience—but to effectively serve you need to understand the why, how, and what of serving others. Based on the principles and training they have utilized at Wooddale Church, pastor Leith Anderson and Jill Fox will help you better understand: 

  • The importance of prayer in ministry
  • Avoiding burnout and serving for the long-term
  • Recruiting others to serve in ways that are natural and easy
  • Enjoying the ‘pay’ that is more valuable than money
  • Finding your fit and serving out of your strengths

This short and accessible book will help you to find the resources you need to be inspired and trained to serve in the most vital workforce in the world today—the church of Jesus Christ.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #815853 in Books
  • Brand: HarperCollins Christian Pub.
  • Published on: 2015-08-04
  • Released on: 2015-08-04
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 7.20" h x .28" w x 5.00" l, .20 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 112 pages


  • Zondervan

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About the Author

Leith Anderson serves as president of the National Association of Evangelicals. For thirty-five years he was the pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He is a graduate of both Denver Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary.  Anderson is the author of more than 20 books.

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5Addressing Questions Volunteers Have About Ministry in the Local Church
By George P. Wood
NOTE: This is a dual review of Volunteering and its companion book, The Volunteer Church.

“At their core churches are volunteer organizations,” write Leith Anderson and Jill Fox. The issue, then, is not whether a church has ministry volunteers but how well it mobilizes volunteers for ministry. The Volunteer Church offers guidance that will help church leaders:

• effectively recruit and train volunteers;
• build sustainable, long-lasting ministries led by volunteers;
• encourage and maintain volunteers;
• build volunteer teams;
• and find the right ministry fit for volunteers.

Anderson and Fox were colleagues at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota—he as pastor, she as director of the Volunteer Development Ministry. In addition to being biblically sound, the advice they offer in this book is undergirded by pastoral experience.

If you are a pastor or church leader looking for help improving your volunteer ministry, this short book is a good place to start. The book’s two appendixes—“Volunteer Development Training” and “Your Plan for Volunteer Development”—are especially helpful. They provide bullet points and discussion questions leaders can use to plan an effective volunteer development program.

Anderson and Fox’s Volunteering is a companion to The Volunteer Church, written primarily to address the questions volunteers have about signing up for ministry in the local church. Chapter 2, “Finding Your Fit,” is especially useful. It helps potential volunteers assess their spiritual gifts and talents and skills to more closely align who they are with what they do.

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