RYM 037: Hiring Youth Ministry Staff Without Paying Them

As a youth worker and ministry leader, you have countless tasks, responsibilities, and projects that need to get done each week in your youth ministry. The bad news? You’re just one person. The good news? Your high capacity volunteers can help! This week, join ministry leaders for a conversation about identifying high capacity volunteers, inspiring volunteers to do more, and hiring “volunteer staff” without paying them.

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Is it possible to hire people for your team without paying them? (3:00)

Identify what your team is not getting done well, and think about how a volunteer could do those things. (5:30)

The more responsibility you give volunteers, the more significant they will feel in your ministry. (10:00)

You will grow when you feel purpose working in the body of Christ. (11:45)

Invest in your volunteers to communicate in front of students. (17:00)

There’s a big difference between showing up to volunteer and belonging to a volunteer team. (20:00)

How do you keep volunteers motivated to keep investing in your ministry even when you’re not paying them? (22:00)

You can pay people with experience and by giving them new opportunities to lead. (24:00)

Volunteers will stay around when there are authentic relationships. (26:30)

Your culture is the magnet for attracting volunteers. (27:00)


Book: The Volunteer Project: Stop Recruiting, Start Retaining by Darren Kizer, Christine Kreisher, Steph Whitacre

Book: The Ideal Team Player by Patrick M. Lencioni

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CJ is the Managing Editor for XP3 High School and Social Media Strategist for XP3’s blog and social media platforms. CJ has been leading small groups for middle school and high school students at North Point Community Church for the past 10 years. He also placed 5th in his 8th grade class fun run. CJ and his wife, Teri, live in Alpharetta, GA.



Charlie is an XP3 Orange Specialist at Orange after spending the past 20 years working with students in educational and ministry settings. Most recently, Charlie spent 12 years as the middle school youth pastor in a thriving Methodist church in the Metro Atlanta area. Charlie grew up in rural Illinois but has been living in metro Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years. She lives with her husband Eric, her sometimes snarky but lovable daughter, and their three pups.



Tom Shefchunas is the Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. Previously, Tom was North Point Ministries’ Multi-Campus Director of Transit, their middle school ministry, for 12 years. And before that, he spent 10 years as a high school teacher, coach, and principal. Additionally, he is the co-author of Lead Small with Reggie Joiner. Tom and his wife, Julie, live in Cumming, Georgia, with their three children, Mac, Joey, and Cooper.



Ashley Bohinc serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange, co-host of The Think Orange Podcast, and co-author of The Art of Group Talk. She’s worked with students in public education, athletic, and ministry settings since 2005. Ashley is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating onstage, developing leaders, working with students, and engaging in world missions. Additionally, she’s the USA Director of Carry 117. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.

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Orange Conference 2018