Dec 1, 2011

Christmas Idea #4 for Children's Ministry

This week I am sharing Christmas ideas for Children's Ministry.  Idea #4 is Christmas Volunteers.  Most churches have additional services at Christmas time.  This usually means you will need extra volunteers in Children's Ministry.  This provides you with a great opportunity to enlist new volunteers.

Here's a strategy that we have had good success with.
  • 4 weeks out begin asking people for a one-time serve for Christmas services.  Normally I do not recommend doing church-wide asks in the adult service.  But Christmas and Easter are the exceptions.  If you present it as a church-wide push for people to step up and help at a Christmas service, you will usually get good response.  Present all church ministries together when doing this.  This should be in addition to the best way to enlist volunteers...one-on-one asks.  You will need to do both to be the most effective. 

  • Enlist with vision instead of need.  Explain to potential volunteers that many families will try out "church" at Christmas time who otherwise would not attend.  By volunteering, they are playing a key role in reaching families for Christ.
    • Give each person that volunteered a handwritten thank you note and small gift for serving.  
    • After Christmas, personally invite the people who served for the first time to come back and join the team on a regular basis.  We normally get a 60-70% return rate.

    Posted by Dale Hudson

    2 comments:

    I like the small gift idea. Though my idea of a lottery ticket was shot down (hahahaha), on holiday weekends we know people make an extra sacrifice to serve. We had a lady in our church that made chocolate treats, and would buy one for each volunteer (on Easter, Christmas, etc). We'd get them a couple of days ahead of time, and pass it out during / after the service.

    Your second point, "Enlist with vision instead of need", is a good one. It is always important to remember the purpose of serving others. When we keep the vision of reaching precious souls for Christ in mind, service becomes a hope-inspired joy instead of a duty-inspired drudgery. :)

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