Probably one of the most important things that we do but also one of the hardest things too, is recruiting new volunteers.
The reality is…we all need people.
We need people to fill holes. We need a small group leader here. We need one there. We need. We need. We need.
Every one of us could immediately give a list of the positions, small group leaders, worship leaders, hosts, etc. that we need.
Here are a couple of tips of recruiting new volunteers.
Don’t use the word NEED.
Yes, you need them. But instead invite them to something bigger.
Invite them to a vision not a spot.
Invite them to changed lives not a position.
Invite them to be a part of something great not a need.
When we INVITE others to a vision, a mission, and being a part of something bigger, we give them more value and they become a part of what is happening in your ministry, not a spot-filler.
Don’t do it ALONE.
One of the greatest recruiting tools that you have are your current volunteers. They have the firsthand experience to invite someone to something great. They have a story to SHARE.
Have your volunteers invite family and friends to come check it out with them.
Have your volunteers SHARE their stories of what serving has done for them.
Have your volunteers use the circles that they are a part of, to ask!!!
You can only reach so many people. Your volunteers can reach so many more.
Get the PASTOR on board.
If volunteering is truly important in your church, the PASTOR should be pushing that from the stage. If you continue to have a lack of volunteers and your pastor is not pushing for volunteers, you will continue to have a lack of volunteers.
Recently, our church did a big push for volunteers church-wide. Every area of ministry had a number of volunteers that were needed for their ministry. Our preschool number was 59. We wanted 59 people to step up and serve.
We had a yarn-artist create these incredible boards to physical show how many volunteers we wanted to SAY YES to serving. You couldn’t miss them. They were all over the church. Each ministry had one located close by.
For weeks the PASTOR shared what these meant, it was throughout our publications, and it was a part of our conversations with parents, social media, volunteers, and anyone we came in contact with. It all led up to one Sunday where the PASTOR, started a series called SAY YES, and pushed people to get out of their seats and sign up to serve, SAY YES!!! These boards were located around the back of the auditorium and people would come and clip their card to the area of ministry that they wanted to serve.
It’s NOT a ONE TIME deal.
Recruiting is not something that should happen once, or even twice a year. Recruiting should be a regular process of what you do. It’s when you talk to a parent or a student, and they have heard about some great things happening in your ministry. It’s in that moment that you invite them to be a part of it. Recruit should just always be on our minds, but on our weekly to-do list. It should always be a part of what we do.
So schedule that phone call, that coffee meeting, or dinner with a few people you see potential in.
There are a group of people that your need to INVEST in right now…make your list, and…Share with them what you are doing and invite them to be a part of something BIG.
Recruiting can be a hard thing, but it doesn’t have to be.
What are some things that you do to help recruit new volunteers into your ministry!!!