Recruiting, or the process of finding new volunteers for our ministry,?is essential, even though I would prefer that we all take a different approach (here are 5 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Recruiting in Children’s Ministry).?
Too often, however, recruiting becomes begging. And that is just unacceptable and inexcusable. There is a right way and a wrong way to pursue new leaders for our ministry.?
Here are some ideas that might help us “start” being successful and “stop” being so frustrated:?
19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting
1. Start?making it more about vision – a big, compelling, well-defined, life-changing vision.
2. Stop?making it about need – people won’t buy-in to or commit long-term to great need.
3. Start?identifying new places to find leaders. Have you recruited youth? College age? Seniors? What new group can you share your vision with?
4. Stop?doing it alone. Equip other leaders (your core leaders, staff, other church staff, etc.) to recruit with you.
5. Start?asking! It’s one thing to make the need known…it’s another to actually?”make the ask”.
6. Stop?pigeon-holing people – have multiple opportunities available for the people you speak with.
7. Start?being clear about available opportunities – specific functions, commitment time, etc.
8. Stop?losing volunteers by limiting their freedom to be creative and bringing their own ideas to what they do.
9. Start?creating systems to make volunteer assimilation easy, not difficult.
10. Stop?relying on cattle calls or bulletin invitations.
11. Start?asking personally.
12. Stop?making excuses that no one is interested in hearing.
13. Start?expressing?appreciation to volunteers (personally, individually & corporately).
14. Stop?abandoning volunteers once they begin serving.
15. Start?being flexible with scheduling, training, subbing, etc.
16. Stop?talking about all the challenges you face in your ministry.
17. Start?telling stories about great things happening in the lives children, parents & volunteers.
18. Stop?doing program beyond your capacity to build teams to meet the need.
19. Start?doing what Jesus told us to do in Luke 10:2 ~
“These were his instructions to them:?’The harvest is great, but the workers are few.
So?pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest;?ask him to send more workers into his fields.'”