[sword-devel] Ministry Volunteer Opportunities

David Haslam dfhdfh at protonmail.com
Fri Nov 27 13:51:20 EST 2020

Hi Troy,

IMHO this should not become one of CrossWire’s remit.

There are probably solutions out there already that we simply don’t know about. Moreover, it’s likely to require very particular knowledge for different countries.

We’re spread too thinly already and a few of us are currently out of action because of circumstances. My fear is any such adoption in this area would just be a distraction from our main mission.

That’s my two penny worth.

Best regards,


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On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 18:14, Troy A. Griffitts <scribe at crosswire.org> wrote:

> Dear fellow engineers,
> I'd like to throw out an idea for discussion. A bit of background for
> target use cases: I attend a rather large church, Scottsdale Bible
> Church, https://scottsdalebible.com and was having a discussion with one
> of the pastors about volunteer opportunities. He was expressing his
> desire to get more people to volunteer for the ministries he oversees at
> the church, and I was expressing to him my outsider perspective, that I
> would like to contribute time volunteering in ministries at the church
> but have absolutely no idea where there is a need.
> Of course, like most of us would, I immediately began thinking of all
> kinds of ideas to solve the problem: a basic portal where ministry leads
> could login and post position descriptions, timeslots with needed counts
> for each position. For volunteers, a hierarchical list view of
> opportunities, or using some kind of topic/category tagging, and
> alternatively, a calendar view of opportunities. Something where counts
> would decrement to zero as people claimed responsibility for posted
> opportunities, and a weekly report which might show opportunities which
> were not filled the week prior, as maybe a metric for what opportunities
> might be mentioned from the pulpit.
> Anyway, those were my 15 minutes of thought from my discussion with one
> of my pastors. I have done no research to see if such software exists,
> or if other ministries might find it useful if it doesn't, and this is
> my first attempt see if anyone has any thoughts or interest in a
> providing a solution under our CrossWire banner.
> What do you think?
> Troy
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