In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Eric Geiger, Todd Adkins, and Daniel Im continue the series on recruiting volunteers with the focus on types of recruiting. During their conversation, they discuss the following questions:
- What are the different types of volunteer roles in the church?
- How do you recruit these different types of volunteers?
- What are the main reasons that people give for not volunteering in the church?
- How do you respond to a volunteer who doesn’t have the time?
- How do you ensure you honor the time and commitment of your volunteers?
“Even within a volunteer level there are different types of roles. Some of those are weekly or biweekly, but some are really based on trust and level of responsibility.”
“When you use your offering time as a way to cast vision for a ministry area, you can excite people about the ministry area without sounding desperate that you need more volunteers.”
“If you leapfrog your own pipeline, you don’t get an opportunity to see people develop along the way. And then they are not able to say to people they are overseeing, ‘I did this when I was in that role…’”
“There are people in the church who are not yet at a place where their heart is overwhelmed with the reality that Christ served them. And so they are not serving others, they are not going to volunteer, because they haven’t been rescued from their selfishness yet.”
“When you serve, that’s how you become more like Christ.”
“If you as a leader are overwhelmed and busy, you face the temptation of thinking everyone else is living the exact same way as you.”
“Assuming you’ve made a strong ask, if someone says they don’t have enough time, you accept it.”
“Recruiting and manipulation are not the same thing. You make the ask. You do so with passion and conviction because you believe it’s what’s best for the person.”
“When someone says no, there is always a reason behind the no.”
“Every person in your church is not going to become a pastor. There’s some that should. But if you want to change the course of your church, of your community, then the best asset you have is the person in your pew. The average attendee of your church is how you should be benchmarking the health of your church.”
“The fruit of a volunteer is another volunteer. The fruit of a leader is another leader.”
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