Unlock the Unused Potential in Your Church

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Successful businesses excel at identifying the potential of their employees, then equipping them to use their abilities to their maximum potential. Sadly, this type of thing is something many churches simply aren't doing with their members. In this post, Mike Rusch explains how church leaders can unlock the capacity of their people to make tremendous impact on their community through the local church body. Mike is Chief Operating Officer of Pure Charity and serves on the Board of Directors for Help One Now and the Kidmia Foundation.


Describe your current process for raising up volunteers and lay leaders within your church.
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Would you consider that process mostly as need based (we need volunteers for the nursery, ushers, etc.) or bases on the skills/passions/abilities of the volunteer? Explain.
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What would you consider your greatest strength in raising up and equipping your people? Where could you improve?
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How do you get a pulse of the ways the people in your congregation desire to serve your community? How do you empower and unleash them to do those things?
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Mark spoke about the growing reality of entrepreneurs leaving the church to start non-profits outside the church. What advantages do you see in having community outreach initiatives rooted in a local church as opposed to parachurch/non-profit organizations?
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God has given the people in your church passions, skills, and abilities that He has placed in them for His glory and for His Kingdom. Think about how you can grow in your ability to identify and unlock the latent potential God has placed in your people.