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Faith-based Service

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Children's Ministry
All about working with children through church activities, including Sunday School curricula.  Has a section on volunteer management.  Free site, but requires registration. Training Materials
Run through Urban Ministry's TechMission, this site offers a variety of free training materials for faith-based volunteers and program managers, including PowerPoint shows, videos, Webcasts, and templates.  Especially see their "Encyclopedia of Volunteer Management, Volunteering, and Short-Term Missions" for a very long list of articles and other documents.

Church Volunteer Central
Site of the International Association for Church Volunteer Leaders, providing many resources for paid members, free samples, and a free weekly e-newsletter, "Tuesday's Tips."  Also see the Church Volunteer Daily blog.

Directors of Church Volunteer Ministries in Minnesota
A state network for leaders of lay ministry with information on position descriptions and salaries, volunteer gift assessment, inspirational quotes and stories.

The Equipper
A site for those who “lead church volunteers and want to improve volunteerism in their church.” Filled with free resources, including PowerPoint presentations, training activities, and a free monthly e-newsletter.

Faith and Voluntary Action
Summary of study by the Institute for Volunteering Research, UK.

Faith and Service Technical Education Network
Offers networking opportunities and informational resources for faith-based practitioners, private philanthropists, and public administrators seeking to collaborate effectively to renew urban communities. Be sure to check out the FASTEN Volunteer Toolkit: Practical Equipment for Effective Volunteer Management at

Islamic Relief USA Day of Dignity
"Day of Dignity is not just a one-day event—it is an effort to mobilize communities and establish long-lasting programs that foster the spirit of service and volunteerism all year round."

J-Serve is a single day on which Jewish teens across the country perform acts of community service in conjunction with Youth Service America’s Global Youth Service Day.

Ministry Tools Resource Center
Pointers for placing church volunteers into ministry, including tools for assessment, profiling, and recruitment.

Spark: The Center for Jewish Service Learning at the Jewish Funds for Justice
To inspire a commitment to service as an important expression of Jewish identity.  Site focuses on volunteer resources and service-learning from a Jewish perspective, explaining how to apply religious concepts of service.

STAR:  Synagogue Transformation and Renewal - Volunteer Engagement
Titled "Volunteers:  The Heartbeat of the Synagogue," this section of the STAR Web site offers a variety of articles and resources.

Synagogue Social Action Resource Guide
A six-section guide from the Jewish United Fund of Chicago to engaging volunteers in many synagogue service projects.

Volunteer Centered

Site from James Higginbotham, a church leadership coach, with various free resources for congregational volunteer leadership.

Volunteer Management Capacity in America’s Charities and Congregations: A Briefing Report
2004 study by the Urban Institute, UPS Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the USA Freedom Corps (34 page PDF).

Volunteer Spot
Free site designed to enable anyone to quickly mobilize, coordinate , and schedule volunteers in their community, congregation and social network to accomplish projects more easily.

Youth Worker: The Contemporary Journal for Youth Ministry
Articles for and by youth in faith-based settings, with emphasis on topics related to volunteering, organizational relationships, and leadership.

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