Leadership

Recruit Church Volunteers Everyday

Often, it’s not that we are unwilling to recruit more – we just have so much going in ministry that when the slots are full, we stop recruiting and focus on other things.


Dennis Choy  ·  May 5, 2017

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I’ve had to recruit a lot of volunteers in my days – from early on, when I was a youth pastor working with students, to developing the tech ministry of skilled volunteers.

I’ve come to the conclusion – it’s a long and hard road that never ends.

Pick up the phone or email your friends, etc.

What I think happens to us, is we get as many of our position needs covered, with just the right amount of volunteers, or one or two short and then we stop from recruiting more.

But we never truly are covered.

Then when someone needs a weekend off, we panic or scramble to fill the spot.

It’s one of the “traps” as churches we fall in, when utilizing volunteers for our ministry.  Often, it’s not that we are unwilling to recruit more – we just have so much going on in doing and running the ministry that when the slots are full, we stop recruiting and focus on other things.

We didn’t sign up to be recruiters or even people developers – we signed up to operate and fix things.

So when churches ask me how they should recruit more volunteers, the first thing I tell them is to just “do it.”

That’s right, just start “doing it.”

Pick up the phone or email your friends, etc.

Now we all know it’s more complicated than that, as we are such a skilled ministry that you can’t just put anyone on the soundboard or lighting console. But it first starts with an attitude of “you will never have enough volunteers and you should always be looking.”

Let’s face it – it’s such an intimidating ministry – wearing dark clothes, always in the shadows, never say anything, it looks real complicated. So it’s not the easiest ministry to recruit for.

On top of that, you’re looking for a self-starter, quick learner, who understands technology, is always on time, and doesn’t need much training or guidance. They also need be a know-it-all, superstar, professional – who doesn’t want to get paid.

Not exactly easy to find.

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