One Conversation at a Time—Volunteer Training Information Paper

Next Steps of South Carolina (NSSC)

Next Step Program

Communication that leads to lasting relationships supports our vision: “Transforming Lives through Jesus Christ, One Conversation at a Time.”

These conversations take place every day in Next Step Program Affiliates:

  • Receptionists greet new visitors and returning Participants.
  • Samaritan Mentors and Participants create life-transforming goals and the Next Steps toward each goal.
  • Lazarus Mentors and Participants agree on employment and social service organizations that the Participants must visit to accomplish their Next Steps.
  • Team Leaders speak with their Team Members.
  • The Next Step Program Director speaks with Team Leaders and Members of the Next Step Program Board of Directors and Cooperative Church Council.
  • Samaritan Mentors and Lazarus Mentors speak with Database Team Members concerning transcribing information from Participant Registration and Intake Forms and Participant/Mentor Visit Forms into the Next Steps Database.
  • Space and System Team Members speak with staff at the HostCooperativeChurch.
  • Communication and Outreach Team Members speak with members of churches in the community who think that they may want to become Next Step Program Volunteers; and with people in poverty in the community who think that they may want to become Next Step Program Participants.
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Development Team Members speak with new Volunteers in program orientation, training, and placement meetings.

Cooperative Churches in an Affiliate have a unique opportunity to transform the lives of their members serving as Next Step Program Volunteers and their neighbors, living in poverty, as Next Step Program Participants.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12)

It is important to match the right Volunteers with right ministry opportunities.  We do this in the NSSC Next Step Program by using:

  • Job Descriptions to explain the variety of Volunteer Opportunities available to church members.
  • Checklists to describe how one Volunteer position links to others and show which Next Step Program documents help Volunteers’ performance.
  • A Volunteer Application Form and Volunteer Orientation, Training, and Placement conducted by Next Step Program Volunteer Recruitment and Development Team. 

Equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)

The Communication and Outreach Team attracts potential Next Step Program Volunteers by visiting churches in an Affiliate’s community to engage in conversations and give presentations, such as Introducing the NSSC Next Step Program.

Once people respond positively to this recruitment, the Communication and Outreach Team gives their names and contact information to the Volunteer Recruitment and Development Team.  This team calls each person and invites them to a Next Step Program Orientation Session at the Affiliate’s Host Cooperative Church.  Approximately 75 percent of people who serve as Volunteers do so because they are asked, so this initial contact is very important. 

During the Next Step Program Orientation Session, the Volunteer Recruitment and Development Team invites potential Volunteers to complete a Volunteer Application Form.  This team subsequently invites potential Volunteers to a Next Step Program Training.

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. (1 Peter 4:10)

Following the Training Session, the Volunteer Recruitment and Development Team invites the Volunteers to attend individual Job Placement consultation with their future Team Leader. 

Next Steps of South Carolina is indebted to Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, Lazarus Ministry of Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA, and The Cooperative Ministry, Columbia, SC for allowing us to pattern our Next Step Program after their successful ministries.

 (Last modified 1/1/2015)