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Volunteers Attracting Volunteers

This week I’m reposting some thoughts I had around this same time last year.   I’m really hoping I can get some comments, and would love to hear if anything resonates with you:

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I promise this will be the last boring question post for a while. Monday we tackled #1, and Wednesday got no comments on #2.

So the third question is:
How do I get volunteers to help in the recruiting other volunteers?

The burden that many assume I carry alone as the ‘Children’s Pastor’ is to recruit workers. It is in fact a BIG part of my job, and one that mostly I enjoy. However, I’ve learned in 5 years of Children’s Ministry that the most effective recruiters are my volunteer leaders. There is something about the CP asking someone to volunteer that can seem intimidating or self-serving on my part, but when a person who is asked to come on board and be a part of the team is asked by an existing, contributing volunteer it can make a much deeper impact. History has shown that some of my best volunteers are those recruited by current volunteers.

The main way that I try and get this accomplished, is by how I respond to my existing volunteers. Quite often I have someone on my ministry approach me and say, “Pastor Jonathan, could you get me someone to help assist in my classroom?” I tell them that I will indeed start looking, but then tell them that there is nobody more qualified to find an assistant than them. They are in constant interaction with the families bringing children, they can better describe what they need help with in their area of ministry, and they have a ‘calling’ to these particular age group of kids that I might not have. When I ask them if they’ve asked anyone to assist them, they usually respond with “NO.” Hmmm, I wonder why they don’t have any help?

There is a great post on getting volunteers that I found at the Access Elevation Church Blog. It’s a great thought on all the things I’ve spoken about this week.

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.

1 Comment

  1. Kendra Golden · May 27, 2009

    Although I’m on staff at my church, I work during the week developing curriculum. So on the weekend, I volunteer to emcee our elementary experience. I think you’re dead on with this. But the key is to get people into roles they are passionate about. I talk people into serving with me a lot. More often than not, they end up finding a different role or room to serve in but that’s cool too. This is the kind of thing that you need to way over-communicate because it takes a long time to sink in and catch on. Don’t give up on it just because you get sick of saying it.

    Kendra Golden ´s last blog post..Song of Solomon 2