Seven Keys to Recruiting Volunteers in Your Church

Episode #139
July 7, 2015
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Podcast Episode #139

Today on the podcast we tackle a problem every church has in some form—recruitment of volunteers. Whether you need teachers, small group leaders, ushers, or nursery workers, these seven keys will help you activate and retain volunteers in your church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Too many times, we bring members into a church without letting them know the expectations of membership.
  • When looking for volunteers, talk about the “why” and the people impacted by the ministry.
  • Recruiting volunteers needs to be done one-on-one whenever possible.
  • If a church does not have an emphasis on small groups, it will be an unhealthy church.
  • The key to success in any organization is to get the right people and get them in the right place.
  • One of the reason we lose volunteers is because we have them doing things that make them miserable.
  • Find places for volunteers that match their passions and talents.
  • Many times it is helpful to have a point person in charge of all recruitment in the church.

The seven keys recruiting more volunteers in your church are:

  1. Recruiting must begin at new membership or before
  2. Recruiting must have more “why” than “what”
  3. Recruiting is best when it is individual
  4. The most effective recruiting takes place in small groups
  5. Consider recruiting with definitive termination dates
  6. Consider recruiting with alternating assignments
  7. Get the right people on the bus, and the right people in the right seats on the bus (gifts and passion)

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