4 Strategies For Retaining Small Group Leaders

4 Strategies For Retaining Small Group Leaders

Have you ever had more small group leaders (SGLs) than you need? You didn’t have to ask for help; they just poured in your doors. (We realize this might sound like a dream rather than reality for you.) We’ve experienced these seasons of ministry, and we loved them! Our experiences and research have brought us to believe unashamedly that it’s possible to experience a zero-recruitment volunteer culture. Through professional experience, academic research, focus groups and surveys we have... Read More
Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 4: Test

Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 4: Test

by Christine Kreisher Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2. Click here for Part 3. Recruiting is a four-letter word. It’s a TEST! I always tell new recruits that they are taking a “test drive.” They don’t have to buy the car! This way, they don’t feel like they are signing a lifelong contract to serve in the same area of ministry. People don’t like to feel stuck. My motto for new recruits is, “Everything is an experiment,” which takes the pressure off of them and makes me more... Read More
Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 3: Plan

Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 3: Plan

by Christine Kreisher Click here for Part 1. Click here for Part 2. Recruiting is a four-letter word. It requires a PLAN of action. The first step is to assess your ministry. Where are your greatest needs? If I gave you four highly qualified volunteers right now, what would you have each of them do? New recruits do not do well with generic asks, so be specific. What exactly will this role require of them? Write it out before you ever make “the ask.” When I invite someone to come and... Read More
Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 2: Time

Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 2: Time

by Christine Kreisher Click here for Part 1 of Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word: Time. Recruiting is a four-letter word. It takes TIME. It requires getting to know people, and I don’t mean their whole life story. Just find out what they like to do or what they’ve done in the past. Take notice of their gifts and strengths. It’s amazing what you can find out over a cup of coffee. Make up your mind to ask questions and then zip it! Listen, listen, and listen some more! Ask them about the three... Read More
Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 1: Gift!

Recruiting is a Four-Letter Word, Part 1: Gift!

by Christine Kreisher Recruiting is a four-letter word! It’s a GIFT! When we hear the word recruit we should get excited, nearly jump out of our skin! So, why does recruitment get such a bad rap the longer we’re in ministry? I believe it’s all about perspective and false assumptions. Recruiting comes very naturally to me. As a matter of a fact, I love it! Why, you ask? Good question! Well, I shudder to think what my life would be like today if no one ever gave me the “GIFT” of recruitment.... Read More