19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

Improve Your Recruiting

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.'”

What else would you recommend we “start” or “stop” doing?

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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

One Response to 19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

  1. What are some practical ways you have empowered other leaders to recruit. I’ve tried to encourage our leaders to recruit and ask outside the realm of people they know and they just don’t get it. Or just don’t do it

Please share your thoughts ~

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Stop begging trying to fill the needs in your ministry! IF people respond, it will likely be only short term. Obligatory service doesn’t inspire people to stick around.

Instead, understand the grand vision we are pursuing by investing in children’s lives for eternity!

Practice articulating that vision and start sharing it in every conversation. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of such important service, so INVITE people into that opportunity.

And, of course, never forget the foundation for building our team, found in Luke 10:2: “These were his [Jesus’] 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.’”

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As the kids run to their waiting parents after church on Sunday morning, is that where the impact ends?

Or does the conversation continue at home throughout the week?

Hopefully the answer is the latter. If it’s not, it’s probably because we aren’t engaging and equipping parents to continue the conversation.

And that’s a problem.

Parents are the primary spiritual investors in a child’s life. Good or bad, this is almost always true.

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, our primary role ought to be to “equip God’s people” (Ephesians 4:12). In our case, I believe that means equip our team to invest in the children of our ministry, and to equip the parents of those children to continue the conversations at home.

If you aren’t engaging & equipping parents to continue the conversations that begin at church, then your ministry is incomplete.

If you are engaging and equipping parents, share an example in the comments of how you do that so the rest of us can learn from you.

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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

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