Recruiting Volunteers: Strike While the Iron is Hot

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Recruiting Volunteers: Strike While the Iron is Hot
Honestly, one of the most effective ways I found to get volunteers is a “Help Wanted” sign. Simply put it in a viewable location. After it’s up, actively look for people looking at it.
Recruiting Volunteers: Strike While the Iron is Hot
Honestly, one of the most effective ways I found to get volunteers is a “Help Wanted” sign. Simply put it in a viewable location. After it’s up, actively look for people looking at it.

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Volunteers are a critical part of every church’s tech team. They make up the backbone of the weekend experience, and without them, we could not succeed. I have never heard a tech organization that is volunteer-reliant say, “No, we have too many volunteers … we don’t need any more.”

Recruiting volunteers is an important and often overlooked responsibility of a tech director. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38.  Verses like this affirm for me that this problem is not new or unique. In fact, the problem is so common that it transcends time, all the way back to Jesus and before.

One of the most effective ways I found to get volunteers is a “Help Wanted” sign.

In this article, I want to share some of the successful techniques I have found to recruiting volunteers.

The obvious, or maybe not so obvious, first step is to pray. Psalm 38:22, “Come quickly to help me, My lord and my savior.” This is a verse I found myself going to many weekends when I realized I didn’t have enough volunteers. Many times I started off a weekend shorthanded, only to have people “check in” just to see if I needed help. If that happens to you, make it a point to cultivate that. Often that is one way my constant prayer was answered.

Honestly, one of the most effective ways I found to get volunteers is a “Help Wanted Sign.”

Simply put it in a viewable location. After it’s up, actively look for people looking at it.

Then comes the tough part.

Once you see someone hesitate as they walk past looking at it, pounce. Strike up the conversation and invite them in. A personal invitation is often a hard thing to decline, it makes you feel special. I also find it harder to decline a personal invitation if you are not prepared for it.

Striking while the iron is hot is key here.

There is a great precedent for this in Matthew 20, the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Typically, the verse that gets the most attention here is Matt 20:16, “so the last will be first, and the first will be last.” However, notice the land owner in this verse, 20:1 “He went out in the early morning to hire workers for his vineyard.”  20:3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others…” 20:5 “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon he did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others…”


More About Mark Hanna
With 20 years technical ministry experience across multiple churches, Mark Hanna now operates his own company, FxN Productions. The company focuses on creative services, training and consulting for corporations and churches. You can follow his blog at www.fxnproductions.com.
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