Churches Are Challenged to Find That Next Valuable Volunteer

Each week talented people enter the doors of your church and see "all the musicians you need,” properly displayed lyrics, some kind of lighting, and they can hear everything, so they assume you probably do not need them.

Churches Are Challenged to Find That Next Valuable Volunteer
Finding the right people to share the ministry load can be difficult and frustrating, but is also the most rewarding thing that we can do as ministry leaders. After all, ministry is not about filling seats or getting tasks done, it’s about people.
Churches Are Challenged to Find That Next Valuable Volunteer
Finding the right people to share the ministry load can be difficult and frustrating, but is also the most rewarding thing that we can do as ministry leaders. After all, ministry is not about filling seats or getting tasks done, it’s about people.

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Volunteer recruiting is one of the best and worst jobs that any church leader has to do.

The best way to create a culture of inviters is simply to create a culture that people want to be a part of.

On one hand, we love to empower our people to do the work of ministry and give more and more people an opportunity to serve. On the other hand, trying to get a warm body in a hard-to-fill role can feel like trying to pull teeth, while juggling chainsaws.

Those of us who work at a church, think of ourselves as “in the ministry,” but in reality, everyone that comes into a relationship with Jesus becomes a minister. In fact, we have stopped using the term “volunteer” at Trinity Church, and instead call everyone serving “Ministry Partners.”

Maybe you have stopped using the term volunteer as well, or maybe you can come up with a name you like better. The bottom line is, people need to understand they are not volunteering to fill a spot, but rather investing in the future of God’s kingdom, by ministering in your church. This can be in very public ways, such as teaching, singing, or preaching, but primarily people work behind the scenes running cameras, adjusting lights, making coffee, holding babies, and taping cables.

I do not believe that anyone has truly unlocked the secret to perfect recruiting, but here are a few things I have picked up along the way that will hopefully be helpful to you and your ministry.

1. You have to let people know there’s a spot to serve.

I know this sounds really obvious, but perhaps the reason you do not have people filling a particular role is simply because no one knows they can. Each week talented people enter the doors of your church and see “all the musicians you need,” properly displayed lyrics, some kind of lighting, and they can hear everything, so they assume you probably do not need them.

I had a guitar player once that used to tour internationally with some major bands you have probably heard of, that sat in our church for almost a year, before he let me know he could play – and he could play. In addition, we have a lady who used to run lights and stage manage a major opera house. I am constantly amazed by the people God brings into our ministry, and even more amazed at my inability to see them.


More About David Erlandson
David is the Pastor of Worship at Trinity Church in Mentor, Ohio. In addition to worship leader, he’s also tech director, IT, lighting designer, video producer, and stage designer. He and his amazing wife Sarah, have two little boys that keep them quite busy. When he’s not spending time with his family, he’s fixing the house, reading tech blogs, watching Star Wars, or cheering on the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Connect with David on Twitter @daviderlandson.
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Worship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.


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