Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Keys to DEVELOPING your Volunteers:

1.  Have Standards.  
Don't allow just anyone to serve.  Have expectations!

2.  Train Monthly
We have found the best time to meet is when we have our current program.  We get a master teacher to come teach and we pull all the volunteers out for a 30 min meeting.

3.  Rally Weekly:
Every week the volunteers need to have 3 reminders - Details for the week, Vision of the week and a story of life change that happened last week.

4.  Party Often:
Have fun!!!!!  I want our ministries to be a high fiving warm place and that happens when your volunteers are having fun together.  A few times a semester Party with no agenda with your people.

5.  Be Relational:
Don't avoid your volunteers.  If you get the right ones you should want to hang out with them.  Get to know them through lunches or stopping by their place of employment.  If you want them to be relational with the students teach them by how you treat them.  Shepherd them the way you expect them to shepherd others.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

5 keys to FINDING the RIGHT Volunteers -

1.  Know what you are looking for.  
Recruit with a purpose and a vision.

2.  Look in the Right Places. 
You don't just want anyone volunteer in your ministry you want the right ones.  To get the right people you have to look in the right places.

3.  Your Current Volunteers are the best recruiters you have.  
Use your people.  People say yes to a friend long before they say yes to someone else.  Leverage the influence you have with your current volunteers.

4.  Build Relationships:
Those you know are more likely to volunteer than those you do not.  Get to know everyone!

5.  Create an Exciting environment to serve in:
If the ministry you lead is know as the ministry that has fun and sees lives changed more will come in.  The reputation of your ministry is a key part to getting volunteers.  Make it a place people want to serve in not feel obligated to serve in.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Interning @LHStudents by Kelsey Hannah


Before this internship, I didn’t know Gallatin, Tennessee existed, and now I’m absolutely in love and in awe of what God allowed me to do there this summer. I’ve learned so much, but above all, I’m learning how much God can work through us when we let Him. A phrase that has kept reappearing this summer is this, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” I love the other interns this year, but unlike many of them, I’m not especially funny or outgoing, I’m terrified of speaking in front of people, and terrified of new people in general. I know these aren’t necessarily bad things, but I knew they weren’t ideal for working in a student ministry full of strangers. I realized God had called me to spend an entire summer outside of my comfort zone and looking back, I couldn’t be more thankful. I was forced to put aside my fears and be obedient. Initially, my lack of qualification was discouraging and I began to doubt my call to ministry and the reason I had come this summer. Before starting the internship I had my own plan to make a “big impact this summer.” But I soon realized that making an impact had less to do with how much people liked me and more to do with submitting to God’s calling to invest in students. As it turns out, ministry has a lot of different forms and God can use all kinds of people to make His name famous. Looking back on this summer, I can see I have been blessed beyond belief and the best part is; it was nothing I did. Despite my fears, doubts, and selfishness, The Lord has started to show me my niche in ministry and taught me a lot about obedience along the way. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hear What You Want - Sermon Series

We hear what we want in all circumstances. We have been challenging LHStudents to HEAR God through: H - His Word E - Experiences A - Ask R - Relationships.

 We finished the Series w/ this video.

HEAR from Long Hollow Student Ministry on Vimeo.

Here are a few Slides we did through the series:

Monday, March 10, 2014

Interning @LHStudents by Kellie Williams


Looking back on this summer, it is overwhelming how much I have learned.  The way The Lord used people and situations to encourage me and challenge me is incredible! One of the biggest lessons I learned this summer was also the most simple.  I felt The Lord gently (and sometimes not so gently) remind me this: It's not about me.  All of the work, the phone calls, the organizing, the filing, the long hours, the meeting with students and begging them to come to camp, all of the craziness... none of it was about me.  The purpose of everything we did this summer was ultimately for The Lord.  I learned repeatedly that, as a follower of Jesus, I am called to love and to serve and in the end, it is all for His glory and His kingdom.  John 3:30 has been such an encouragement to me over the last ten weeks.  It says "He must increase, but I must decrease."  What a joy it has been to live purposefully for Christ this summer and to watch everything He has done! It's all about Him! 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Interning @LHStudents by Heather Womack


Coming into this internship I had no idea what to expect. I never imagined I would be spending the first few weeks of my summer driving all over Springfield and Greenbrier to bring camp forms to kids I hadn’t met, and who didn’t even attend our church.  We knocked on a lot of doors but there is one house call I will never forget.  Tyler and I had been driving around all day signing people up for camp, and we felt done for the day, but knew we had one more kid to sign up. When we went to pick up this camp form the mom and daughter were extremely excited we were there. We gave her the details about camp and when Tyler handed her the scholarship form her mom said, ”See I told you God works in mysterious ways.”  She had given up her 4H camp spot so her younger brother could go, but God made a way so her family could afford both. God not only showed up for that family but he showed up in my life by lifting my spirits and reminding me that it’s not about me, he just chooses to use me.

I have never worked so hard in my life. The days are long and tiring, and there were moments when I never wanted to see another camp form as long as I lived, but once I got to camp and I saw lives changed from a simple house call, it was all worth it. I didn’t realize how much effort you have to put in outside the walls of the office to help a ministry grow. It takes constant communication with students to get them involved, but it’s never anything that I did, it’s always how God used me.