Firing the Help Poll

October 9, 2006 by

Which of these would most likely cause you to 'fire' a volunteer?Last week we asked about that tricky situation of disposing of volunteer help that’s not so helpful. What would push you over the edge and ask a volunteer to stop volunteering? 54% thought drawings of Easter Bunnies on the cross in the first grade Sunday School class would be worthy of a firing. The newsletter editor using the word “sucks” repeatedly received the next highest votes with 18%, which isn’t very encouraging. Less encouraging is the 13% who wanted to boot a volunteer driver for racking up a speeding ticket while driving for a youth event.

Confession time: That was me.

This week we ask how churches are using the time-honored method of phone book advertising.

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Kevin D. Hendricks

When Kevin isn't busy as the editor of Church Marketing Sucks, he runs his own writing and editing company, Monkey Outta Nowhere. Kevin has been blogging since 1998, runs the hyperlocal site West St. Paul Reader, and has published several books, including 137 Books in One Year: How to Fall in Love With Reading, The Stephanies and all of our church communication books.
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7 Responses to “Firing the Help Poll”

  • Kirk Longhofer
    October 9, 2006

    At least you didn’t get pulled over IN THE CHURCH VAN with the logos… and get spotted by a fellow staff member with a cell phone camera!

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  • Brad Kattelmann
    October 9, 2006

    I think a missing option was: Undermines the ministry of the church.

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  • billy calderwood
    October 9, 2006

    Ummm…. Geez Brad, what kind of priorities do your blog readers have anyway? Easter bunny on a cross whatever. Bad Coffee? Fire that loser!!!

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  • brian
    October 10, 2006

    I’ve gotta tell you that I’m not surprised by this, but I’m also disheartened at how roughly our churches treated the person who used the word “sucks”. I’m certainly aware that we should stand out above the culture, but seriously – firing them for it, you’ve got to be kidding.
    I’m imagining this context in the newsletter:
    ‘This week our youth group hit the road and worked at a food bank to get in touch with the more needy people in our community. They found that it really sucks to be poor.’
    At the end of the day, people who are supposedly trying to model Christ, and reach those who are far from God are more concerned about the word “sucks” than about the starving poor in their own back yard.
    An abomination.

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  • Crystal Renaud
    October 10, 2006

    i’ve been pulled over in a church van… oh and i wasn’t insured on it. haha… but the cop didn’t know that.

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  • Jody
    October 11, 2006

    I SHOULD have been pulled over in the church van on a road trip to Southern California to a youth camp. I was barrelling down the freeway at 90+ mph to keep up with the youth pastor. I think the only reason I didn’t get pulled over for reckless driving was because I was in SoCal, where it’s a part of the culture.

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  • Jesus Christ
    October 14, 2006

    Hey gang, Jesus here. Just wanted to clear things up real quick… “sucks” is ok to use. Thanks. I’ll get back to work now.

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