Major Donna H. Barthle, USA (ret.)
is “a parish acolyte leader since 1985, also has extensive experience as a personnel administrator, a teacher, and a
journalist.” She is the author of an Acolyte Leader’s Resource Guide and The
Parish Acolyte's Guide.
According to the book description of
Acolyte Leader’s Resource Guide, “Managing an acolyte program, like managing any volunteer
program, requires knowledge, skill, the ability to plan, budget, write reports, and most importantly, the ability to train,
motivate, and encourage people. The Acolyte Leader's Resource Guide provides everything someone new to managing an acolyte
program needs to know, as well as tips that even the most experienced leaders will find useful. This manual will help any
acolyte director manage an effective program and cut down the administrative duties to a reasonable size.
Beginning with a history of the acolyte ministry itself, Donna Barthle, an experienced acolyte
leader, provides details on the duties of each acolyte position, followed by suggestions for dealing with training, scheduling,
maintaining rosters, budgeting, writing reports for the vestry, and general supervision of acolytes and the program. Instructions
for training acolytes for regular Sunday worship as well as festivals and special services, plus sample forms and letters
to use in managing the program, make this an indispensable resource for acolyte leaders.”