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3 Questions to Ask About Your Volunteer Recruiting Strategy

1.  Are we recruiting to vision or to need?

When we define and recruit to a compelling vision, we attract people who want to be part of that vision. When we recruit simply to a need, we tend to get people who feel obligated to be there.

Which group would you rather have?

Begging for volunteers is never an option!

2.  Are we inviting or begging?

Ministry happens best through relationships. Recruiting happens best through relationships. When we have a relationship, we tend to share what’s important to us, which leads to inviting others to join us. Sensing our enthusiasm, and through the trust built through our relationship, others are more likely to accept our invitation.

When someone joins our team because of our plea for help (begging), we abdicate much of our ability to require high standards, focus on the vision and maintain accountability. In essence, we abdicate much of our ability to lead that person effectively.

3.  Are we supporting or abandoning? 

Do you know the single best method of recruiting, aside from praying? It’s keeping the volunteers you already have. Too often I see children’s ministry leaders recruit great volunteers, only to abandon them in their ministry.

Support the ones you have – encourage them, pray for them, resource them – and you’re recruiting challenges will diminish significantly.

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Greg Baird is a Children’s Ministry veteran with over 20 years ministry experience. Greg has had the privilege of serving in four San Diego area churches, including under the leadership of both John Maxwell and David Jeremiah. He continues to fulfill his life calling through the ministry of ChildrensMinistryLeader.com, offering an experienced voice in equipping and connecting Children’s Ministry leaders around the country and around the world.