Episode 431

Hmong Youth Bridge Generation Gaps, Finding and Keeping Volunteers & Workaholism Not Acceptable

Sep 6, 2023

Language is a distinct bond among Hmong people, who have no official homeland today, but generally trace their ancestry to China 4,000 years ago. Every church needs volunteers. Recruiting those volunteers is one of the most difficult tasks in the church’s ministry. And, do you find yourself digging for time off for rest and reset? In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Todd Gray offers suggestions on you avoid working too much and find time for rest.

Transcript

Language is a distinct bond among Hmong people, who have no official homeland today, but generally trace their ancestry to China 4,000 years ago.

Thousands of Hmong are living in the U-S due to political turmoil in Asia. Many of them are Christians attending churches across America.

This summer, hundreds of Hmong students gathered at Christian summer camps to hear the Gospel and build community.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Hmong people held something more than their language in common…what if the greatest thing they held in common was a growing love for Jesus Christ.
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Every church needs volunteers. Recruiting those volunteers is one of the most difficult tasks in the church’s ministry.

It is about extending a personal invitation, said Drew Chapman, Next Steps and Outreach pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It is about training. It is about assessing the best place for service and communicating expectations. It is about recognizing the work and time of service.

It is not about begging. It is not about spreading on a layer of guilt, no matter how thinly veiled, he says.

He says helping people understanding what the Scripture says about leading church members through a spiritual gifts assessment.

In the end, Chapman says a personal invitation is best…especially when the person gets an opportunity to understand the real need and the impact that will be made in the church.

Read the full piece on volunteering in the local church at Baptist Press.
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Do you find yourself digging for time off for rest and reset? In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Todd Gray offers suggestions on you avoid working too much and find time for rest. The key is in calendaring.

Gray says schedule time for your personal activities like Bible reading and prayer, exercise and reading and journaling.

He encourages people to schedule time for their families. Find time for conversation and fun with your family.

He goes on in the piece to talk about how you can schedule time for vacation, conference attendance and personal development and more.

You can read the full piece and learn more about our daily emails at Baptist Press.com.

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