Twice in the last week I’ve had the opportunity to talk with great staff teams about engaging high-capacity volunteers in their church. It’s a good example of how we need to change our behaviors in order to change behaviors. People with huge leadership capacity or specialized skills will not fit into our current volunteer structure and systems. We’ll have to change in order to create opportunities for that type of engagement.
One example of a church and a high-capacity leader that get it is reflected in the story behind Bellevue Church Management System (BVCMS). I introduced you to this free, open-source church management suite a couple of weeks ago. Let me share a little bit of their story.
David Carroll has a background in developing financial software. He’s been a faithful member of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis for many years. As a member of the church, he saw a need to improve upon their church management system. This tapped into his God-given talents. By the way, I think this offers a few clues to engaging high-capacity volunteers:
- We have to tap their gifts and passions.
- We have to ask them personally to help us use their gifts to accomplish the church’s vision.
- We’re more likely to engage them if we’re asking them to solve a big problem.
- We’ll increase the chances of connecting them if it’s project-based rather than asking them to serve on a team.
David ended up building BVCMS from the ground up with the intentions of helping the church. There was never any intention of it becoming anything more than a helpful tool for Bellevue Baptist. As BVCMS grew in acceptance among the internal staff, though, there came a realization that it could help other churches as well. Even though there are some costs related to hosting and support, David’s heart is that there be no churches who can’t afford BVCMS. That’s the very reason he went open source in the first place.
I love stories like this where the impact of the full Body of Christ is on display. God has certainly blessed this initiative that began with someone using their gifts to help their church take it’s next step.
This is a sponsored post from Bellevue Church Management System, one of my ministry partners on TonyMorganLive.com. I love sharing stories of God’s people in action…especially when it benefits the health of the Church.