One of the most common complaints
that I hear from clergy and
laity is the difficulty of recruiting
volunteers for some of the ministries
of the local church, district, annual
conference and general church.
Maybe you want to try a new approach.
AMIGOS PESTERGRAM #1
Home Selection Date Feb. 2; Walnut Hill UMC
I was just noodling on songs I am writing, "A Year Without Beer and
Bacon"; "Hat Hair Is Better Than No Hair"; "Get a Long Little Doggy,"a
country-Western number about dachshunds; "The Abdominal Snowman
Has Crohn's," a number for next holiday season; and a special arrangement
of "I'll Never Smile Again," for the Puritan Defense League, and I was also
wondering if Jesus had a Twitter account, would he tweet "healing a leper at
2 p.m., come watch" or some such. … when it dawned on me it's a new year
and Amigos is just around the corner.
For those who have asked in the past how we select our home, now's your
chance to experience the process firsthand. Feel free to join me on Feb. 2
at Walnut Hill UMC, 10066 Marsh Lane, at 7-8 p.m. Twenty or so other
churches will also have delegates. I've discovered this to be an organized and
civil process; there's no kicking, biting or hitting below the belt.
Why is a church on Marsh Lane not called Marsh Lane UMC? Why is a
church on Northwest Highway not called Northwest Highway UMC? I
During the home selection process, the city [of Dallas] will also be providing
updated lead-based training. Another incentive to attend: You can learn
about proper lead-based paint evacuation from the pros and discover that
I'm not making this stuff up when I insist we tarp the perimeter of the home
with plastic sheeting.
Hope to see you then. Otherwise expect a Pestergram update in early
February on the final home selected and more details on the homeowner. As
a friendly reminder, the dates for this year's Amigos event is April 13-14 and
At right is one of the most creative
ways to communicate the need.
Ed Clark, a member of my church,
began to issue Pestergrams to our
congregation to encourage folks to
participate. The results have been
incredible in generating interest and
getting people to join in the process.
My normal response when I see an
email from someone who I know
is in recruiting mode is dread, but I
look forward to reading what Ed has
to say. The Pestergram – he issued
about 15 last year – always brings a
The result is that I find a way to
participate in some manner. Read on
and tell me what you think.
So if you are having little luck recruiting folks,
why not try a new approach. Be creative, try
humor (don't take yourself too seriously) and see
what happens. It is certainly working for Ed. How
Richard Hearne is Lay Leader of the North Texas Conference, which stretches from just this side of Bogata to just that side of Burkburnett. E-mail him at
Amigos Days is a hands-on ministry of The
United Methodist Church and People Helping
People (a City of Dallas Housing Revitalization
Program). It teams with inner-city Methodist
host churches to repair and restore homes to
make a positive difference in neighborhoods.
When: April 13-14 and April 20-21
Project leader: Ann Meyer
For more info and to volunteer: visit the Amigos Days webpage