The Lead Volunteers Leadership Blog

The Sunday School Zone Lead Volunteers Leadership Blog addresses the ongoing needs of those in a church or children’s ministry organization who are responsible for leading the volunteers engaged in that ministry. Josh Denhart, the host and creator of Lead Volunteers, is a veteran pastor and ministry leader who provides regular, ongoing leadership advice for those in the trenches of ministry.

Check out Josh’s brief videos (typically about 2 minutes) and blog posts below that will encourage you, inform you, and equip you as you develop your own leadership skills and, in turn, equip others to deepen and expand the ministry of YOUR organization!

Ask the Lord of the Harvest

Lead Volunteers: The Harvest is Plentiful, Ask the Lord of the Harvest

The harvest is plentiful, the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers. Have you ever felt under the pressure of your workload and the mountain of volunteers that you need to find? What do you do in that situation? I honestly, and shamefully, must admit that at times I…

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Blocks Do Not Stack Themselves

Lead Volunteers: Blocks Do Not Stack Themselves

You know, God has created the universe in such a way that things go from order to disorder — from order to chaos. It literally takes effort to build a ministry, like it takes effort to build anything. It takes energy to take blocks and stack them on top of one another. It doesn’t magically…

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Those Who Say and Those Who Do

Lead Volunteers: Those Who Say and Those Who Do

We’ve often heard individuals share at length, droning on and on and on, about what they would like to see happen, and yet those items never come to fruition. They never truly see the light of day and we never see those items being executed. Before long, those who are following such a leader begin…

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Lead Volunteers: Be Humble

Lead Volunteers: Be Humble

There is an interesting verse in the Bible which states “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). That verse is extremely eye opening. To think that the Almighty God of the universe could be opposed to me is very sobering. Opposition to God I don’t want God to…

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Lead Volunteers: Bringing Chaos Into Organization

In this episode of Lead Volunteers (just over 2 minutes), Josh notes that the main reason ministers don’t last long is because of a failure to organize. Lead Volunteers is designed to help you with the task of bringing chaos into organization. Check it out!  Lead Volunteers video episodes by Josh Denhart on Sunday…

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Lead Volunteers: To Excel at Long Suffering, One Must First Suffer Long

In ministry, perseverance and long suffering are part of the package. There is a hard labor of love that comes in ministry. There are people who will intentionally, or unintentionally, seek to hurt and harm. I need to suffer those insults. People Will Disappoint You Being in ministry means that you are going to suffer…

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Lead Volunteers: Concerned About Many Things

I may be concerned about many things, but I am responsible for but a few. Place your energies towards the few. Do you know what YOU are responsible for? Over the years, I have been plagued by what I viewed as illogical and poor decision-making by ministries that I had no responsibility for in my…

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Underutilization of Key Volunteers

Underutilization of key volunteers is as dangerous as overworking and burning out volunteers. We often think that the worst possible scenario is to overwork a zealous volunteer. We definitely need to be cautious and conscious of overworking someone, but there is something just as detrimental as overworking a volunteer. The underutilization of a key volunteer…

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Be a Good Shepherd. Don’t Scare the Sheep.

The role of a shepherd is to lead beside quiet waters, to lead into green pastures, and to care for the sheep. Sheep are interesting animals. Let’s imagine that a herd of sheep is grazing quietly, the sun is out, not a cloud in the sky, and one sheep bends down to eat a tuft…

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