The Volunteer Effect: How Your Church Can Find, Train, and Keep Volunteers Who Make a Difference

Baker Books


Every ministry needs capable and reliable volunteers, but so often it feels like no one is coming forward to fill your church’s needs. In reality, the people around us do want to volunteer their time and talents, but we often fail to connect potential volunteers to ministry opportunities or lose them somewhere along the way.

The Volunteer Effect is your start-to-finish guide to recruiting, leading, and retaining volunteers for your ministry. Based on solid management theory delivered in an engaging narrative form, this book shows you how to

– recruit people to a mission, not just a role
– create low-risk entry points
– build a team that evokes pride
– train them for the bigger picture
– and much more

Your most effective volunteers are already in your church! Let this resource show you how to find–and keep–them.

“Jason and Jonathan know what it’s like to lead volunteers with excellence. The Volunteer Effect is everything they’ve learned, distilled into practical ideas you can use at your church.”– Andy Stanley, senior pastor, North Point Community Church

Jason Young is former director of guest experience at Buckhead Church and North Point Ministries. He now coaches churches and companies around the country, helping them with personal leadership, building healthy teams, and creating remarkable guest experiences. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jonathan Malm runs and, reaching more than 70,000 church leaders each month, and consults with churches regularly on guest services and creative expression. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Jason and Jonathan are the coauthors of The Come Back Effect and The Volunteer Survival Guide.

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