In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Daniel Im complete the series on recruiting volunteers with a discussion on how to onboard new volunteers. During their conversation, they discuss the following questions:
- How important is it to onboard volunteers well?
- How important are clearly articulated vision and values to an onboarding process?
- How do you audit the elements your onboarding process?
- Where can I find some of these tools?
- What are some practical immediately applicable ways you can improve your onboarding this week?
“You have either cast vision and inspired a person to be in a volunteer position or you have guilted them to be in a volunteer position. Either way you want to ‘wow’ them by being clean and clear.”
“You can’t onboard a person through an email or an information sheet.”
“It is very important to have people imbedded in each ministry area whose role is taking someone through the onboarding process.”
“It’s always best to recruit to vision. Don’t recruit to a need. Don’t shame or guilt people to serve.”
“When we serve we are becoming more like Christ in and through that. As you serve you begin discovering your giftedness and your passion.”
“Serving is part of the process of discipleship, growing, and development.”
“The higher you go in a leadership pipeline, the more oversight or responsibility that you are giving to a person, the more important the selection of that person is. Their vision and values must align with the church’s vision and values.”
“You need to identify your core values that influence and impact who serves, who doesn’t serve, and how you recruit people to vision.”
“If you can’t seem to close the backdoor in your church, look at your core processes and see where your gaps are and where you are bleeding.”
“If you implement Ministry Grid at your church, it’s like we have brought you to the 20-yard line and given you four downs. We aren’t going to get you all the way there, because you need to contextualize it and make it your own, but there are 750 courses, 3,000 plus videos, and templates.”
“Challenge yourself and your team to begin to have recruiting conversations; to look at each of your circle of contacts, identify one to two people who aren’t currently serving, and make the ask.”
“In this day and age, you can no longer rely on someone’s connection or conviction to be connected to your church as an institution. If you want someone’s time, talent, or treasure, it has to be connected to a compelling vision.”
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