3 Keys to Developing Church Volunteers

While acquiring new volunteers for our ministries can occupy much of our efforts, we can't overlook what to do once we have new volunteers.

Deborah Ike  ·  July 5, 2017

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Getting people to sign up at church to serve is often our main focus when it comes to volunteers. 

We always need more people to assist in our ministry efforts, so it’s natural to spend the bulk of our time on inviting. 

However, we can’t overlook what to do once we have new volunteers.  If you want them to stick around for the long-term, you need to invest time in developing your volunteers.  Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be a complicated or time-consuming process. 

Here are three simple keys to developing volunteers:

Key #1: Train them before they start serving

Never assume that a new volunteer will immediately understand what you need him to do.  Always provide some level of training to communicate your expectations, explain what the role entails, and who to talk with if they have questions.  Start your volunteers off right by training them to be successful in their new role.

Key #2: Discover their potential

Get to know your volunteers and discover the talents God has entrusted to them.  It makes sense to start someone out in a role with minimal responsibility to see how he performs.  Can you trust him to consistently show up on time?  Is she meeting the expectations you set out for her in that role? 

As you observe new volunteers, take the time to learn more about them:
• What’s her day job?  Is she a bank manager, owner of a small business, real estate agent, or CEO of a Fortune 500 company? 
• What skillsets does he possess? Is he an all-around great handyman?  Does he have a knack for leading teams? 

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Deborah Ike
Deborah Ike (formerly Wipf) is the President & Founder of Velocity Ministry Management; a company dedicated to vision implementation for church leaders. Over the last ten years, Deborah worked in the corporate arena to discover how to leverage business principles for ministry vision. She worked for Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group and most recently, for Williams, as a project manager and risk manager. Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems along with the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. She’s the author of The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition) and you can find her articles on sites such as Pastors.com, XPastor.org, WorshipFacilities.com, and via The Church Network.
Contact Deborah Ike: deborah@velocityministrymanagement.com ·  View More by Deborah Ike

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