How to Increase the Number of Volunteers in Your Church

Episode #169
October 27, 2015
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Podcast Episode #169

Volunteers are crucial to many ministries in the church. Without volunteers, many ministries would simply not function. So what do you do to get more volunteers in the church? We cover that and more in this episode.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Spontaneous, informal recognition often means more to volunteers than planned, formal recognition.
  • One of the toughest things to do is find a volunteer for an activity that has no end date.
  • You have to show the need for volunteers to generate interest from potential volunteers.
  • Starting new groups typically enhances assimilation, provides new venues for leaders, and should increase evangelistic effectiveness.
  • Too many leaders focus on what’s wrong instead of what’s right.
  • I know of no other organization where volunteers are more important than they are in the local church.

The eight ways you can increase volunteer involvement in your church are:

  1. Publicly recognize them
  2. Involve current leaders in recruitment of new leaders
  3. Offer them breaks
  4. Show interest in their ministry
  5. Start new groups – show the need
  6. Spotlight successes in the church
  7. Train them well
  8. Equip them well

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