The Equipper Newsletter
September 1, 2010
Churches Equipping Saints for Service

 How to Recruit Church Volunteers
When you realize you'll need to recruit some volunteers, does your heart leap for joy? Or does your stomach get tied in knots?

Most of us don't enjoy finding people to teach Sunday School or help with the rummage sale. We feel we're putting pressure on people, begging, wheedling and maybe even stretching the truth ("There's nothing to it!"), because those tactics often slip into our recruiting. And the result is sometimes like wolves encircling a herd of buffalo, where the weak become the prey.

Such tactics are:

  • Unkind. We wouldn't want them used on us.
  • Ineffective, in the long run. Those who say 'yes' soon quit, and people run and hide when they see us coming
  • Unbiblical. They don't fit the picture of the church as the body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12)
There's a better way.. . . 
Sections of this article include: Who to invite? An Inviting Invitation; An Inviting System and Culture; and more
Additional tools you can use:

Handout: How to Recruit

"Is Your Church a Good Steward of Its People's Time and Talents?" - a simple survey. . The third page of this survey is a list of resources on church volunteerism.

Additional recruitment resources are listed here.

 Resources from a Reader
An Equipper newsletter subscriber is generously sharing some resources with other Equippers. Alice Klement, Director of Equipping Ministry at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, San Antonio, Texas, and her Equipping team gave two presentations to congregational leaders earlier this summer. She took material from some of the presentations on this site, added creative and humorous skits, and now is sharing them with us for our adaptation and use. Way to go, Alice! Thank you!
 Good Stuff on the Web

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Karen Kogler, Equipper Church Volunteerism Resources