While some may follow Napoleon Bonaparte's advice that “If you want a thing done well, do it yourself,” anyone who has tried to lead a ministry knows that this management style is a recipe for frustration. Instead, healthy leadership means you must identify, train, and empower others to effectively work alongside you. And that means delegating.
With approximately 1,400 families who come together to worship at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, it takes 85 volunteers each week to ensure that masses run smoothly. The task of communicating with and scheduling volunteers at St. Gabriel is enormous, so in 2007, the ministry schedulers began using Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP) to streamline volunteer scheduling for liturgy.
One of the greatest benefits for Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP) users is that the spirit of sharing that thrives in churches spills over into the MSP community. Discover how the MSP community focuses on sharing.
Standing as the largest parish in Texas with 30,000 parishioners, volunteer schedulers at St. Ann Parish in Coppell, Texas have their work cut out for them. For years, the schedulers who oversaw the 200-250 volunteers required for the 7 weekend masses got by with spreadsheets, phone calls, and ad-hoc organization methods that left some masses sparse with volunteers. When Tom Samson was asked to organize the Greeter ministry, he knew he had to find a ministry scheduling software solution.
While volunteering in ministry can be challenging, it should be equally rewarding. Make sure you know the heart of your ministry by uncovering churchwide, volunteers', and personal motivations. Create opportunities and paths that move everyone in a direction of rich, rewarding experiences of serving in the church.
Today we celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Ministry Scheduler Pro. More importantly, we celebrate the unique relationship we’ve built with our users.
Ministry Scheduler Pro (MSP) supports ministry scheduling in thousands of churches across the country — both big and small. As a celebration of these important places of worship and how they represent their communities as historic, architectural, and spiritual pillars, here are a five notable churches that have benefited from using MSP.
With a new year underway, it’s a great time to stop and evaluate how to improve the ministry programs at your church. It’s easy to get stuck in routines and fail to see underdeveloped areas that might benefit from extra attention. Consider some of the following 10 resolutions to determine how to improve your volunteer ministry programs this year.
When temperatures drop and schedules fill up, there’s little doubt that the holiday season is approaching. For a ministry scheduler, this can be a daunting time. Volunteers often have less mental space for communication and even fewer hours to dedicate to meetings, emails, and other common communication methods. Consider some of the following tips to help cut down on some of the biggest pitfalls of communication during the craziness of Christmas.
Learning something new can feel daunting. But a supportive community makes all the difference. This is why Ministry Scheduler Pro’s active Google Group of nearly 900 members is one of MSP’s biggest perks. It’s a space for users to find answers to many common scheduling questions in a real world context.