Volunteer Recruiting Made Easy?

Volunteer Recruiting Made Easy?

Recruit. Enlist. Mobilize. Enroll. Sign up. Engage. These are all words that come to mind when more volunteers are needed in ministry. Let’s be honest, even words like snag, muster and coerce can make their way into the conversation in desperate times! No matter the size of the ministry, from a coffee-shop church plant to a multi-campus mega-church, there always seems to be more opportunities to serve than servers! Over many years of interacting with churches around the country, I can only... Read More
Giving Volunteers Your Best

Giving Volunteers Your Best

Volunteers are the life-blood of our ministries. Without them, we couldn’t do what we do each week. So, it should go without saying that they deserve our very best and highest level of care. And yet, so often I see leaders missing the mark with their volunteer teams, often leading to dissatisfaction, increased burn-out, and overall frustration. It’s crucial that we do everything within our means to keep this from happening, not only for the sake of our ministries—but for the sake... Read More
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 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