May 19, 2015

How to Sign Up Lots of New Volunteers in One Weekend

This past weekend, we signed up lots of new volunteers.  How did we do it?

First, we decided to honor all our current volunteers.  There were several ways we did this.

We put up "thank you signs" across the campuses.



We also gave each volunteer an appreciation gift.  In addition, we recognized volunteers during the worship service.


Secondly, the Pastor talked about the value of serving.  When you're intentional about creating a church-wide culture of volunteerism, people will grasp the importance and jump in.

Thirdly, we invited people to begin serving.  We had areas set up across the campuses where people could stop and sign-up.  Staff and volunteers were there inviting people to join a serving team.



Lots of people said, "Yes...I'm ready to start serving."

This week, we will follow up with the people who signed up and help them take their next step.

People are willing to serve.  They are simply waiting for you to make the ask. 

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Hey Natalia,
Great to hear from you. This could be done on any scale with any budget. Even if it's simple as setting up a table with a sign you make and giving the volunteers a small inexpensive gift. The key is getting your lead pastor on board with talking about it in the service, honoring the volunteers and helping create a culture of volunteerism.

What type of gift did you give each volunteer? I'm always looking for new ideas. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

What type of gift did you give each volunteer? I'm always looking for new ideas. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

We gave them a gold medal to put around their neck. (not a real gold medal of course - ha) Any kind of small gift like a candy bar. It's the thought that they will appreciate the most. You can tie in a saying - example - $100,000 candy bar with note attached that says "You're Priceless"

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