In our current childrensministry.com poll, we ask "What's the greatest gift you'd like to get for Christmas this year for your ministry?" The top answers? People! (in the form of more volunteers and paid staff)
So I thought I'd blog a bunch of recruiting ideas from our magazine archives, but instead ran across one of my all-time favorite articles we've done in the 20 years we've been creating CMMag. It's an article by Ann Murphy called "The 80/20 Gap."
In it, she writes, "What's the 80/20 Gap? It's the distance between the resources we define to be required to support an area of ministry (100%) and the actual resources we work with (80%). The 80/20 Gap is a fact of life in this world. For all of us, when time, volunteers, or funds fall short of our stated needs, God calls us to step out in bold ways."
I love this article and want to "gift" it to you as you, like all of us, live in that space where we have to rely on God: http://childrensministry.com/articles/the-8020-gap