Our Volunteer Team is led by two incredible gals: Jillayne Payne and Nancy Mondzak. These gals bring a wealth of experience and a level of excellence to the team that helps take PVC to a much higher level. They’re crazy good with systems, and their helping the rest of us get it
One of their projects this quarter has been stepping up the quality of our Volunteer Central; the place where volunteers check-in and also relax during the weekends. We stock it with food and drinks, and want it to be a place where volunteers are reminded how much they matter! So the gals stepped it up to a whole ‘nutha level last week. Volunteer Central is now definitely THE PLACE to be on our campus. The vibe is more VIP lounge than anything, and such a cool way to appreciate our volunteers. Check it out…
I believe strongly in my need to be continually growing; it’s the only way to lead a health, growing church forward. Today was a day where I felt like I was sharpening my ax for the task ahead. We took 15 staff and volunteer leaders from Palm Valley to Nelson Searcy’s seminar on assimilation. Nelson, who’s been a good friend, and Bob Franquiz did a great job teaching through the assimilation (connecting) process they use in their churches. Here’s some thoughts from the day…
- I believe Nelson is one of the top “systems” guys in the church today. He flat out gets how to develop systems for growth.
- We’re already doing most of what was taught today, but there were a few ideas that peaked my interest, and will lead to some great discussions for our team.
- “People say ‘no’ to what confuses them”. Great statement from Nelson about clarity in next steps.
- “Your building is speaking: what is it saying?”
- “Don’t put the skinny guy at the refreshment table: people will assume the snacks aren’t that good” cracked me up.
- “If you don’t hold members accountable for what you asked them to sign, God will hold you accountable”
Had dinner tonight with Nelson and Bob, and I told them thatÂ I thought “they underpromised and overdelivered“! Seriously, if you’re a church leader not learning from Nelson, you’re missing out on a gold-mine of information. I’m thankful for opportunities to learn from other guys who are getting it done, and I feel like I learned a ton today.
Pastors, I’ve got a great opportunity for you. Nelson Searcy, a good friend of mine, is coming to town August 14th to lead the “Fusion Seminar” based on his just released book. I don’t often recommend stuff on my blog, but if you’re a church leader in the Phoenix area you need to clear your morning and come to this seminar.Â More information here.
Nelson will be talking about the assimilation process, helping first time members become committed partners in your church. This is one of the most important systems in a church, and I promise you that this seminar will be helpful.
I believe Nelson is one of the sharpest “system guys” in the church today. He’s flat out getting the job done in New York City, a very tough place to grow a healthy church, and his thoughts/processes on assimilation will benefit any church. I encourage you to go here and sign-up. I’m taking a team from Palm Valley, I’ll look forward to seeing you there!
I’ve been quiet the last few weeks, just spending some time investing in my family, my staff, and spending time with the Lord pondering what’s down the line for PVC. It’s been a great summer so far, very profitable. It’s hard to explain, but I believe Palm Valley benefits the most when I’m not around. Let me explain…
Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching, but it can become a grind when I do 24 of 25 weeks like I did this spring. with 5 services, I get flat worn-out. When I get away from the weekly teaching grind, I get a fresh perspective. My brain gets to relax, no pressure every week. I get to spend greater time in God’s Word and prayer w/o having to think about what I’m teaching right now. I visit other churches and spend more time talking with other pastors, gaining valuable perspective from what God’s doing around the country.
Basically, when I get away I feel like I get to just sit and here from God.Â I believe this is what Palm Valley Church needs me to do most. If I’m just teaching from my own wisom, we’re all in trouble. I believe God has big plans for PVC, and I want to be a part of every bit of it. By the way, my absence gives PVC the chance to hear from extremely gifted teachers like Ryan and Darius, who both brought it the past couple weeks. I truly feel that the quality of teaching doesn’t drop a bit when I’m gone. If anything, it goes up!
So, my blog silence is ending, and I can’t wait to be back with the people of PVC this week.
I’m always reminded in the summer, when it’s 120 degrees outside, that people who volunteer at Palm Valley must really love Jesus (especially those who serve outside). We have nearly 800 volunteers who make PVC happen every week, and we’re not missing a beat during the summer.
Recently the staff gathered and dreamed of fun ways to make sure our volunteers know how much they matter and are appreciated. Here’s some fun things we’re doing this summer…
- Drawings througout the summer for volunteers. Fun prizes like movie tickets, water world passes, gift cards and some other surprises.
- Bought large golf umbrellas (with our logo)Â for all who serve outside, that way they can gain some shade from the sun.
- PowerAde on ice for set-up and tear-down crews.
- Special food and snacks in Volunteer Central and backstage areas.
- We bought a freezer and put it in Volunteer Central. Throughout the summer we’ll be giving away Otter Pops and other treats to all volunteers.
- Fancy scented towelettes for all volunteers to “freshen up” before/after serving.
- All this, and trust me, we’ve got a few more tricks up our sleeves.
Why all this? Because volunteers matter, and they’re a part of helping people meet Jesus and become fully devoted followers of Him. To all volunteers, THANK YOU! You rock, and I’m proud of you for investing your life even when you can fry an egg on the sidewalk
As you know, we have 28 high school students (plus adult leaders) in Goldfield, Nevada this week reaching out to communities in the area. It’s been so awesome to see what God is doing in and through these students. If you haven’t been following (and praying for them), you can check out their daily updates at Go Mission Blog