Looking for more volunteers to serve in your ministry?

If you’ve been a leader at your church for longer than 30 seconds your answer to that questions is, “Absolutely!”  Finding, bringing, and keeping people on a volunteer team is one of a leaders greatest calls and challenges.

In working with volunteers for over 12 years I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work. Here are seven approaches that have worked really well for me:

1. Pray for more volunteers. In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus says, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers” (NLT). The pressure of needing more volunteers can cause us to forget to first ask God for help. God sees our needs and wants to meet them, but we have to ask him. Trying to do everything on our own power will leave us tired, stressed, and empty-handed.

2. Ask your friends and ask your volunteers to ask their friends. Second only to pray this is the best way I know of to grow your team. Make volunteering a great experience for your leaders and they’ll want to tell their friends about it. Keep making it a great experience for their friends and they’ll start telling their friends.

3. Hold a church-wide ministry fair. The people in our churches live busy lives. They have a lot going on in their world. As a result, they don’t always know the church needs help. Rally your senior pastor and the heads of all the ministries in your church to host a ministry fair. Have your church’s teaching team spend 1 – 3 preaching on the importance of serving. After each service set-up a ministry fair where people in your church can check out the serving opportunities you have available. Most people won’t know you need them until you tell them.

4. Use cool fonts and colors for flyers. No pink papers or girlie fonts. Just about every ministry I know has problems getting guys onto their team. That’s because most are marketed to women, by women. If you want to get guys on your team you have to target them intentionally.

5. Spotlight your all-star leaders. This is especially true when trying to get more men on your team. The more stories men hear about how other men are serving in your ministry the better. That let’s them know this is important to other guys and they won’t be on an all girl team.

6. Remind people they don’t have to be great teachers. They don’t even have to be teachers at all. The church needs greeters, small group hosts, tech support, worship leaders, parking attendants, social media enthusiasts, etc. Everyone is great at something and we can’t be great without everyone.

7. Cast the vision for what your ministry is all about. Don’t just tell people what you need; tell them why you need it. Share stories of changed lives. Pain them a picture with words, pictures, and videos of what you’re trying to accomplish. To get more volunteers today you need to remind them of your vision for a better tomorrow.

Finding, gathering, and developing volunteers is an ongoing task in ministry. It can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Using these seven tips will make getting volunteers for your ministry easier and more effective.

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