Seth Godin’s blogs continually inspire me to examine, re-examine, and think outside the box–precisely his intent. A recent post, Persuade vs. Convince, caught my attention.
“Persuasion appeals to the emotions and to fear and to the imagination. Convincing requires a spreadsheet or some other rational device.”
- the “help needed” broadcast in the church newsletter
- pleading for volunteers
- guilt-inducing tactics
- a stated vision. done.
- personal conversations about the joy of living ministry
- the use of a discovery tool
- “no rings, no strings” opportunities (when a potential volunteer shadows an experienced volunteer)
- a personal invitation to participate in a serving opportunity
- removing obstacles to serving
- continually dripping the vision (read more here)
- Is a life of fruitful, fulfilling ministry appealing to you?
- What ministry is missing in the body of Christ that you are uniquely designed to provide?
- If you could do anything and knew you wouldn’t fail, what would it be?