Let’s be honest, we all need volunteers. We’ve got the vision, we’ve got the passion, we’ve got the focus and drive, we’ve got the revelation. But no matter how much we have, we need people to help us make these things come to pass.
From the beginning, God equipped man to have someone help him. The same is true for our churches and our organizations. If we’re going to succeed and see our plans come to pass, we need people! Here’s a few quick thoughts on how to get volunteers for your church or your ministry
More often than not, we recruit volunteers by talking about what they can do for us, rather than what we can do for them. We ask for their collaboration with our vision before we have community and connection with them as people. It’s great to do ministry together, it’s better to do life together.
Every volunteer position might not seem like a fun and exciting thing, but how we communicate the need can make it exciting. Here in Palm Springs, our summers are 100+ degrees every day. But recruiting parking lot volunteers is never difficult. Our parking lot attendants don’t stand in the sun, they help lead our guests into the most convenient spaces, then help guide them into our facility so they can encounter Jesus. If we think about it, every volunteer need is about helping other encounter Jesus. So, if we’re passionate about people encountering Jesus, we’ll always be passionate about volunteers helping this happen.
Have A Plan
Plain and simple, don’t ask someone to volunteer for something that you don’t understand. This is where preparation becomes essential. Be sure to take time during the week to prepare for volunteers so that when they show up, there’s direction and purpose behind what they’re doing. There’s nothing worse than a willing heart in one of our volunteers not being able to be used because of no plan.
Make Each Role Vision-Driven
This is very similar to points 2 and 3. If everything we do lines up with our vision, we have to be certain that each volunteer need supports that vision. There are plenty of great ideas out there, but a great idea doesn’t always line up with vision. If you’re church doesn’t need a valet team….. that’s okay!
Commit To Leading Them
If someone’s going to volunteer, it should be because it’s leading them somewhere. Being unfulfilled is something that haunts so many people in our day and age. As leaders, we’ve got to show them that serving others, which is the core foundation of the Gospel, will lead them to a better understanding of Jesus, a greater love for people, and leaves them unbelievably fulfilled. Before they start serving, let’s commit to leading them and showing them Jesus.
These are just some of the hundreds of thoughts when it comes to getting church volunteers. We believe if you’re going to do something great, you’ve got to have people doing it with you! Here’s some questions we’ll leave you with:
- What’s the current state of our volunteers?
- What are some things we can do better to celebrate and serve them?
- How many of them truly understand the vision?
We love you, we’re praying for you, we believe in you!