#4 – Find your recruiters.
In your church, you have people who are gifted and called to do the thing.
And then there are others who can’t really do the thing but who just seem to know everyone. They are well-connected, well-liked, and people seem to follow them.
There are people in your church with a very particular set of skills. Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, makes sure every volunteer team has a leader in charge of recruiting. They don’t burden this person with administrative tasks or even leadership of the whole team. They put them in charge of recruiting. It’s their responsibility to bring new people onto the team.
There’s a reason Army recruiters are different from drill camp instructors. It’s a different skill set. What would happen if your children’s ministry had a recruiter—someone who didn’t work directly with children but recruited adults all year long?
#5 – Trust the schedule.
Putting a three-week volunteer recruitment emphasis on the calendar (we recommend February and/or August) will give you confidence during the rest of the year.
Knowing you have a built-in time to address the needs provides peace of mind that help is on the way.
At least once a year, North Point Community Church has a Sunday that’s internally called “Strategic Service Sunday.” The pastor, Andy, preaches on the need for volunteers and asks people to take a first step to serve on one of a few teams. The staff and leaders are ready for all the raised hands, and they have a system in place to connect new people before the need hits.
It’s systematic and scheduled.
No matter the size of your church, you could choose to emphasize volunteers once or twice a year and build it into the calendar. Align all of your ministries and programs around this and you’ll be well on your way to having a strong volunteer force.
Take a Next Step
Once you’ve got volunteers, you need to know how to lead them forward.
This article originally appeared here.