I guarantee you my church volunteer recruitment ideas will get you more volunteers.
While not easy to implement they are simple.
And you can do them.
The ideas revolve around one central strategy: an annual recruitment drive.
This simple strategy is a guaranteed way to gain new volunteers.
Plus it also serves as a time of:
- celebrating the work of your volunteers
- inspiring your current workers
- giving volunteers an opportunity to try something new
Eleven Key Elements Of An Annual Recruitment Drive
1. Conduct it over two or three weekends
It’s preferable to hold your drive at the start of your church year. Don’t restrict it to just one weekend as you will miss a sizeable portion of your congregation.
2. Preach on serving
During your weekend services, build your message around the value of serving and what it means to be a volunteer in your church.
3. Highlight unsung heroes
In your services focus on behind-the-scenes people whose work can tend to go unnoticed.
4. Get volunteers to share their serving stories
Interview some exemplary volunteers. If possible, use multimedia to show a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what people actually do when volunteering.
Get inventive and use Skype to link to volunteers working in different parts of your facility during a service.
Or use YouTube to show different ways people volunteer in your church. If you’re a small church don’t worry about making the video slick, just show people what they wouldn’t normally see. However, keep these clips ultra short.
5. Ask everyone to fill out the Opportunity to Serve form
At the end of the service ask everyone to fill out this simple form that offers them a variety of service options.
6. Offer a First Serve opportunity
A First Serve is an excellent way to help your members who lack confidence in their ability, who are uncertain where they want to serve or who want to volunteer in another department. It is a one-off, low-risk opportunity to try something such as youth ministry or media productions. It’s a tried and true method of taste and see.
Always offer a First Serve as a part of your annual recruitment drive.
WARNING: First Serve only works when you have a diligent evaluation system in place that ensures the First Server is followed up with and has a chance to debrief on their First Serve.
If it worked, then offer them ongoing involvement.
If the First Serve didn’t work out, offer them another First Serve in a different department.
Keep trying until you find their right fit.
7. Set up an information booth
Set up an information booth in your foyer with details of various opportunities. If this option appears to be over the top for your size church then at the least provide a realistic opportunity for people to talk to people immediately after the service about volunteering.
8. Train volunteers to recruit their friends
A tap on the shoulder from a friend will complement your broader pulpit approach and often be more effective.
9. Get your small groups to discuss volunteering
Make sure your small groups are also discussing serving and volunteering during this month of recruitment.
10. Follow up people
Ensure everyone who completes an Opportunity to Serve form is contacted and properly processed.
11. Conduct an induction session for all new volunteers
The last step in recruitment is a one hour induction session. This session should cover an overview of your church’s vision and primary convictions about volunteering.
If you have difficulty getting people to attend an induction session, run it during a Sunday service in a separate room at the church. This makes it accessible to people and solves multiple obstacles such as child minding and finding a free night.
Once induction is completed, training can commence.
What’s Worked For You?
Now over to you. What church volunteer recruitment ideas have you seen work in your church?