Feb 9, 2011

Why People Volunteer in Children's Ministry

Seth Godin recently listed the top ten reasons people work. Let's translate this into the world of Children's Ministry volunteers. Obviously number one is off the list for volunteers. But take a careful look at the rest. You will see some key reasons why people join your team and stay on it.

1. For the money (n/a)
2. To be challenged
3. For the pleasure/calling of doing the work
4. For the impact it makes on the world
5. For the reputation you build in the community
6. To solve interesting problems
7. To be part of a group and to experience the mission
8. To be appreciated

What if you asked people to join your team based on the above? What if your volunteer messaging reflected the above? Instead of begging people to volunteer, what if you showed them the spiritual benefits they will receive from serving? Are your current volunteers discovering these through serving in your Childlren's Ministry?

I believe every person internally longs to see these fulfilled in their life. Show them how serving in your Children's Ministry can help them take a huge step toward these and you'll find your volunteer team growing.

Posted by Dale Hudson


Yes, great. When I applied for my current position with the Boys & Girls Club in Allendale County (SC), one of the questions was: "How do you plan to get volunteers?" I said that there is no magic formula, and it can be challenging, especially in the short term. But I said that if I communicate my vision and passion, and people buy into that, they will come.

So true. Few of us who serve on church staffs would respond to the old school recruiting tactics that we turn around and try to use on others. We all want to give our lives to something great!

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