Joni and Friends Releases Third Free Irresistible Church E-book: "Engaging Game Changers"

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 23, 2016
  • In the Media

Engaging Game ChangersThe third book to launch in our Irresistible Church series, “Engaging Game Changers,” is aimed at helping churches recruit, train and coach volunteers who can make a true difference in disability ministry. The book is available as a free Kindle download on, and other online bookstores.

The first book in the series, "Start with Hello," quickly shot to #1 in the social issues and special needs category on Amazon, showing the need for individuals and churches who want to serve the disability community but don’t know where or how to start. The second book, "We’ve Got This!," introduced an entry-level ministry idea of providing respite for those with disabilities and their families. "Engaging Game Changers" emphasizes the importance of volunteers to any disability ministry. The “intangible, immeasurable elements of volunteer involvement are the true heartbeat of special needs ministry,” author Ali Howard writes. “This kind of impact is what really makes volunteers game changers… not only because of the work they accomplish for a very busy ministry, but because of who they are and the influence they have.”

One of the key pieces of advice in the book focuses on volunteer recruitment – a topic with which just about any area of ministry can use help. Strategies covered include who to recruit, how to recruit them and for what purpose. When each of these steps is followed correctly, there should be no shortage of caring and capable volunteers. In addition to training suggestions and topics to cover, along with accompanying printable resources, “Engaging Game Changers” furthers the process to include coaching – having someone who’s got your back when the game gets tough and you need someone to cheer you on and provide extra knowledge for specific situations. Howard introduces the analogy with specific recollections of her high school tennis coach when she was struggling as a player. “It was in those moments that my coach would counsel me, giving me pointers and suggestions on how to correct my errors,” she writes. “He challenged me, encouraged me and ultimately he was there when I needed him.” This book equips ministry leaders to become those kinds of coaches for their volunteers.

All of the books in the Irresistible Church series are free, short resources – 50 pages or so. They are written as practical guides to effective special needs ministry, from the very first steps of gauging the need and cataloging available resources. These guidelines are designed to work in any church, no matter the size, budget, or leadership style. Each book includes several free downloadable resources available on the Irresistible Church website.


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