Volunteers for church-based healthcare initiatives employ knowledge, skills and compassionto bring physical and spiritual healing to uninsured and under-insured patients.
Leadership Network’s concept paper, Conspire to Care: Principles for Recruiting, Retaining and Training Volunteers for Church-Based Healthcare Initiatives, previously published by Valerie Calderon takes a look at how churches apply principles for recruiting, retaining and training professional and lay volunteers for their health-care initiatives.
Here are some great quotes from the paper:
“There are many challenges in establishing, staffing, and maintaining a church-based healthcare initiative.”
“Relational contacts are the best means for recruiting quality volunteers.”
“Service is in the Church’s DNA. It’s our heartbeat, and people are drawn here.”
“A reinforced well-articulated vision draws people who want to do more to care for others.”
“The vision must be clearly and frequently communicated to every new volunteer during orientation and training.”
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