These resources are recommended by Annette Safstrom from Ministry Architects. Safstrom facilitated the workshop Building Your Volunteer Team in February 2019. For additional resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at https://thecrg.org/.
Bealer, Jessica and Gina McClain. Don’t Quit: The Best Things in Ministry Come Over Time. Cumming, GA: Orange, 2017.
Don’t Quit contains some great practical advice for setting you up for longevity in ministry. Jessica and Gina present practical tips and strategies based on decades of ministry experience.
DeVries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What Your Church Can Do About It. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008.
DeVries will help you take your ministry to a place where every kid belongs, every parent knows why their teen should be involved, and every volunteer is engaged with a greater vision. You will learn how to structure your ministry, volunteers, and goals in a practical and effective way.
DeVries, Mark and Annette Safstrom. Sustainable Children’s Ministry: From Last Minute Scrambling to Long-term Solutions. Downers Gove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018.
This is not your typical ministry idea book. This book is full of practical tools for building and strengthening the structure of any children’s ministry. Whether you’ve just begun your journey in children’s ministry or have been connecting kids to Jesus for decades, you’ll find actionable plans that will help your ministry run smoother, more effectively, and more efficiently.
DeVries, Mark and Nate Stratman. Building Your Volunteer Team: A 30-day Change Project for Youth Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2018.
This workbook walks you through the daily tasks that lead to a full volunteer roster. Each day, you will learn, pray, and do something that builds on the day before. At the end of 30 days, you can look back and see what you accomplished. You will also have learned the steps to keep your ministry well supported by volunteers for the future.
Ivy, Kristen and Reggie Joiner. It’s Just a Phase-So Don’t Miss It. 2nd ed. Cumming, GA: Orange, 2015.
Ivy and Joiner provide a great resource for volunteers and parents to help them understand the questions that we need to be answering for kids at each stage of development. It’s easy to understand, and will help leaders talk with parents, and help as we’re designing activities for our families. There is also a website that contains other resources and blogs on the subject: https://thecrg.org/resources/just-a-phase