In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Eric Geiger, Todd Adkins, and Daniel Im continue the series on recruiting volunteers with a discussion on current methods of recruiting. During their conversation, they discuss the following questions:
- How do churches normally recruit volunteers? What are some of the most common ways you see churches recruit leaders?
- Do you feel these methods are effective? Where do these methods come up short?
- Let’s talk about some of the times we have been put into leadership before we were ready.
- Now, share a story about when you placed someone in a position that they were not ready for, and what could you have done differently?
- How do you give your volunteers the tools to succeed even when they may not be fully ready?
“You are never going to get a better result than making a personal ask.”
“If you are having a good experience in this ministry, you are our best bet at getting more people in.”
“Recruiting is going to be effective if there is a relational component. No matter what terminology you are using.”
“Effective recruiting has a vision component. Here’s what we are praying and hoping the Lord does in people’s lives.”
“The third element in effective recruiting is some type of immediate, strategic element. There is a clarity of the ask.”
“Culture and vision are transferred by people, not paper.”
“We grow the most often when we are overwhelmed.”
“I am not overly concerned about giving people too much, if you can be there with them.”
“Dr. Allen Tough says, ‘70 percent of how we learn is by doing, 20 percent by coaching conversations, and 10 percent by informal environments.’”
“All it takes, in most situations, is a good and godly person to give us feedback and walk us through. They don’t have to be the expert, they don’t have to be the leadership guru, they just have to be willing to have that conversation with us and help us move forward.”
“There are going to be people who come into my ministry that appear to be ready to lead in that capacity, but don’t have the spiritual maturity to lead.”
“We want to help church leaders not just get volunteers, but train them well.”
“You have to have a specific map in mind for your volunteers that there is a destination in mind and ports of call along the way. It’s not just a cruise to nowhere.”
“Help them find their area of passion. Give them the skills they need to get the job done that week. In the off weeks, give them ongoing training so that they grow in their ability to lead a group.”
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