Volunteers are an essential part of any church, and are fundamental to its success. But what is the current situation churches are facing in terms of their volunteers, and what does this say about the state of the church?
When you look at recent literature on attracting and retaining church attendees it almost entirely focuses on the millennial generation. ChurchDesk is itself guilty of that bias, and with good reason: 35% of millennials do not identify with any religion at all. If this trend continues, without intervention we are increasingly likely to see empty church buildings and a diminishing number of congregations managing to survive. It must be written about, and action must be taken. However, this doesn’t mean we should focus on the younger generation at the detriment of older, loyal members. Technology is a great tool for spreading your message and engaging a younger audience, but it shouldn’t be used in such a manner that it shuts out your senior parish members.
After the festivities of Christmas, we enter a new calendar year. We welcome the new year as a fresh start, in the hope that it will bring additional opportunities and projects. Some people (and even organisations) make firm goals, in the form of resolutions, whereas others take things day by day; either way, it is good to think about what you want to achieve in the next 12 months. At ChurchDesk we’ve thought about how to do this, and come up with some top tips...
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