Links I Like

Links I Like is a collection of blogs, articles and books I’ve come across recently and thought they were worth sharing. Click here for past Links I Like.


  1. Tim Challies on A safe place for our kids shameful questions.
  2. A pastor looks at dads.
  3. Barnabas Piper on Why Christian leaders (like Mark Driscoll & John MacArthur) fighting is discouraging.
  4. 5 reasons people aren’t volunteering at your church.
  5. Michael Jensen on Is chastity possible?
  6. How to keep your home safe with the internet. Great insights for protecting your kids.
  7. Carey Nieuwhof on Is the pastor celebrity culture a positive or negative thing. Interesting thoughts on this subject.
  8. Sam Rainer on Why pastors neglect managing.
  9. Tim Keller on Why a covenant marriage matters. Marriage is a covenant, not a contract which our culture holds to.
  10. Thom Rainer on How pastors can develop thicker skin.

Why Highly Talented, Busy People Volunteer

This past Saturday, I talked about how we build the city (Revolution) within the city of Tucson. How it takes everyone to do what God has called us to. To amplify the point, we did what we called “No Show Saturday.”

I came across this list on Mark Beeson’s blog about why highly talented, busy people volunteer at a church:

  1. They want to see done the thing you’re trying to get done.  What you’re doing is clear to them, and clearly important to them.  Because they value what you value, what you’re doing is clearly worth their sacrificial effort.
  2. They see the need and want to help meet the need.  Whether they jump in to help for a moment (helping with one step of the process), or stay with you for the entire mission (laying down their life for ultimate mission success), they see how they can assist you and they do.
  3. They want to be involved. After considering their other options (how they could otherwise be using their time, energy, knowledge and skills), they prioritize your mission above other competing values. The success of your work – for one reason, or another – is important to them.  They believe the work is worthy.
  4. They’re invited. They feel welcomed and valued. They recognize you’ve made it possible for them to join the effort. There is a place for them on the team. Affirmation and appreciation are hand-in-glove with a mission strategy that organizes all available human resources.
  5. They understand how their personal involvement improves the work. Once they understand your mission, most people know themselves well enough to realize whether their skills, training, education, strength, possessions and experiences can be leveraged against your need. They see how they can add value and advance the mission.
  6. They want you to succeed. Your ultimate success in life matters and they believe your mission success in the particulars of the moment will serve as a step toward the ultimate fulfillment of your life. For reasons you may not even understand, they want you to succeed. Since they care about you, and want you to fulfill your destiny, they volunteer to help you all along the way.
  7. They love working with you. You are inspiring, encouraging, positive, expectant, trustworthy, successful and fun.
  8. They love working with the other volunteers. They want to be with the other volunteers on your team. They love the way they’re treated and valued. It’s fun, fulfilling and rewarding to do what you’re doing with you and your team.

Conversely, good people will quit, and leave your team, if they no longer feel welcomed, don’t feel valued, lose their vision for mission success, can’t make a contribution worthy of their effort, don’t like you or find the rest of the volunteers unkind, unreasonable and impossible.

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Links of the Week

  1. Scott Williams on 10 things women need to know about men. This list is right on.
  2. Scot McKnight on Marriage as Parable of Permanence Part 1, Part 2. This is a great look at John Piper’s new book This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence.
  3. Tim Stevens on When someone says, “I’m not cut out for volunteering in kid’s ministry.” While I think legitimately God does not call everyone to work with kids, I think some people wimp out before they even try it. It is the same with student ministries.
  4. Nelson Searcy on If your staff has questions, demand options. This is a great reminder for leaders to not get put into a corner and to help your leaders make decisions and do thorough research.
  5. Mark Batterson on The upside of inexperience. I think too many people and leaders are holding back from doing something great because of inexperience, but that can sometimes be the thing that God uses the most.