Pastor Bill Hybels believes that there is a new reality in America. The church has entered an era of growth and unprecedented spiritual opportunity to share the Gospel, yet at the same time we face a shrinking economy and a world in crisis. This poses a great resource challenge for the church. In order to reach out to people who are spiritually hungry, the church needs more people to be equipped to serve others.
Hybels passionately believes the key to the future of the church is the equation "X (paid staff) + Y (volunteers) = Z (bearing much fruit for God's glory)". Churches cannot afford to continue hiring more and more staff with limited budgets. The key to resourcing the church is what Hybels calls "the Y factor".
The Y factor is the pool of volunteers in every church. The great need of the church is to grow the church's volunteer base through the equipping ministry of church staffs. As churches recover the message of Ephesians 4:11-12 to "equip God's people for works of service" they will launch a Volunteer Revolution.
People are just waiting to discover the gifts and passions that God has given them to serve others and then be invited to use those gifts and passions through the local church in order to advance the kingdom of God on Earth. Hybels believes that every church staff should be helping people discover their spiritual gifts, passions and place of service in order to meet the growing needs in our churches and world.
Hybels makes a clarion call to move beyond volunteer retention to volunteer acquisition. By attracting, connecting, training, and sustaining volunteers, churches will mobilize people into places of service that will bring new meaning to their lives and understand why God put them on planet Earth. Hybels also outlines how we can build lifelong volunteers in the church through community, celebration, and commendation.
©2004 Bill Hybels (P)2003 Zondervan
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"I enjoyed this book."
It used real life examples to back the principles taught on the book. The author took great care in explaining a topic without watering down the impact of subject.
While I am not the most adamant bible thumper and often find any religious pretext to be rather pretentious, this book was truly an amazing read. It truly spoke to my soul hearing about an ancient justification for doing good works over our life as we commit to a cause greater than ourselves and like Jesus strive to create the kingdom of heaven here on earth. Great book and highly suggested read if you are religious and looking for personal stories on why we should volunteer. Might have some insights for salesman as well.
"Great content! Ditch the music."
This book has a lot of good reminders of the value of volunteering at a church. As a pastor, it brings me back to people in the ministry instead of asking them to complete tasks.
However, when listening at 1.5x, the music gets all jumbled and is an annoyance. Also, The reader doesn't say the chapter numbers, which would've been helpful in having a context of where I was in the book.
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