The best of recent posts on www.TheEquipper.org: two popular ways to recruit volunteers: ministry fairs (Throw a Party!); gift/time and talent surveys.
Want Volunteers? Throw a Party!
Ministry fairs are popular church volunteer recruitment events. Each ministry (such as Sunday school, food pantry, the garden club, etc.) prepares and mans a table. People stroll around the room, viewing the volunteer opportunities, and signing up if interested.
Effective ministry fairs are like a party – a place where people gather, eat, talk and hopefully see or do something fun. Some tips:
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Time & Talent & Spiritual Gift Surveys
Time and talent surveys and spiritual gift inventories are two common data-gathering tools in churches. Information about a volunteer’s skills, spiritual gifts, and preferences is always helpful. It allows us to direct our recruitment effort to those most likely to be interested. But to do it right, consider these questions.
- Have we done this before?
Past experiences color attitudes and expectations. Unless earlier efforts were an overwhelming success, do things differently this time.
- What information are we looking for?
You have options. Stick to one type of data and prepare accordingly. (read more)
- Are We Settling for Less when it comes to ourselves and our programs?
- Reporting and Accountability for Volunteers -- how to ask for information and feedback from volunteers, and why we might want to begin doing that!
- Former Volunteers as Friends -- The value of communications directed specifically to volunteers
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