Keys to Equipping Volunteers Each Weekend

If you’re struggling to get volunteers engaged in what you’re doing, take a step back and look hard at whether you can make serving easier for people who might show an interest.

Keys to Equipping Volunteers Each Weekend
Have you ever walked into a situation where you knew you were going to struggle to produce great results with the tools you were being given? Perhaps the keys on the piano like to stick, or that guitar doesn’t hold its tune for a full song. On the technical side, it’s the video system built out of mismatched parts, or the audio system wired together with y-splitters and too many parts that say Radio Shack.
Keys to Equipping Volunteers Each Weekend
Have you ever walked into a situation where you knew you were going to struggle to produce great results with the tools you were being given? Perhaps the keys on the piano like to stick, or that guitar doesn’t hold its tune for a full song. On the technical side, it’s the video system built out of mismatched parts, or the audio system wired together with y-splitters and too many parts that say Radio Shack.

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DeJong WFX 2017

Duke was a speaker at WFX this year in Dallas. For 2018, the conference is slated for Orlando in November. We hope to see you there.

Seven days. That’s the time we have to develop a new service every week.

It’s been said that the most challenging part of ministry is that Sundays come with alarming regularity. It’s true, every week musicians and technicians work hard to develop new ways to communicate the gospel, and every weekend we execute the creative plan we spent all week on.

One of the most common questions I get when teaching at conferences is, “How do I get more volunteers?”

If it wasn’t hard enough to do this once, we do this 52 weeks in a row, year after year.

And we can’t do it alone.

For most churches, it takes a team of people working behind the scenes to make these experiences happen. For creative professionals, those who are paid to do this kind of work week after week, it can be challenging to keep up with the weekly grind.

For the volunteer, though, it can be a big load to carry, and one they don’t want to sign up for. And it seems this is a common challenge for churches across the U.S., as one of the most common questions I get when teaching at conferences is, “How do I get more volunteers?”

Many years ago, I began teaching a class on this very topic, sharing five key changes I had to make as a Technical Director in order to grow our teams.

1) Focus on Simplicity

In the creative and technical world, we often love the complex production things we can do with our systems. And for those of us who do this professionally, this can be both energizing and a way to stave off what can be the challenging, weekly occurrence that is our weekly experience.

For those who serve every two or three weeks, though, complexity can create fear, and fear will generally overcome people’s interest in serving. Sometimes it’s that your processes or what you’re trying to pull off is indeed complicated, but could be just as effective if simplified.

Sometimes you just have people who want to feel valued, so they make things look complicated. Whether fact or fiction, if you’re struggling to get volunteers engaged in what you’re doing, take a step back and look hard at whether you can make serving easier for people who might show an interest.


More About Duke DeJong
Duke has 21 years of experience in audio, video, and lighting system design and operation, 10 years experience as staff technical director in megachurches. He is a regular speaker at national worship and tech conferences, including WFX, and many others. He is passionate about helping people use technology to communicate and reach people most effectively. Duke loves spending time with his family, golfing, and cooking (and eating) amazing BBQ.
Get in Touch: ddejong@ccisolutions.com    More by Duke DeJong

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