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3 Quick Tips for New Committee Chairs

It’s January, and new committee members are starting their roles at churches across the United States.  They’ll look to the committee chair to guide their work.  But — help!!  What if you’re the committee chair?  Here are some quick tips from experienced volunteer organizer Pamela Deck:

1. Get to know your volunteers and build personal relationships with them. They will all bring unique gifts to your committee. (I Cor 12: 18-20)

  • Chat with each person individually and listen to their story
  • Encourage them to take a Spiritual Gifts and Behavior/Learning Style Inventory
  • Connect their gifts and style with the ministry vision and tasks

2. Be a …



Where is God? Or: Is God Where I Am?

Guest post by Ryan Peak

In tough times, the question is often posed: Where is God? In tough times in my life, I also wonder: Is God where I am?

I have often felt that God is not where I am. To say it another way: I am not where I ought to be, so God cannot be where I am. All the assurances of scripture, the assertions of classical and modern theology, the soft voices of friends and mentors who gently remind of God’s presence, of God’s being here where I am, have not …