A Familiar Cry: “I Need More Volunteers!”
People in your church are probably used to seeing things go well each week—lights come on, microphones work, cameras capture video. So they may just assume you have the help you need...
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Do you find yourself saying that more and more each week as Sunday approaches?
Do you avoid looking at Planning Center, because you know it will tell you that there’s still “1 Person Needed” in more than one position this weekend?
Do you daydream, thinking about the day when you’ll have a volunteer roster full to the point of overflowing?
The good news is that you CAN get to the point of having a full volunteer team. The other good piece of news is that it doesn’t come easy and it won’t happen overnight.
That doesn’t sound like good news, but I assure you it is. Here’s why: Building a volunteer team takes time, determination, and a whole lot of communication, but the payoff for all that work can be extraordinary.
Rushing into adding new volunteers too quickly and without a plan can lead to missed opportunities and chaos, and I know this because it’s a mistake that I used to make all the time.
So here are some simple ways that I’ve found to recruit for and grow a volunteer media or production team that can scale to a church of any size.
When I first became frustrated at the small size of our volunteer team, I wondered why people weren’t just flocking to the booth on Sundays to sign up. After all, what we do in the production world is not only vital to our services, it’s also fun!
People in your church are probably used to seeing things go well each week—lights come on, microphones work, cameras capture video. So they may just assume you have the help you need, and that you’re only looking for people who come with previous experience.
Each church has its own flavor and style of getting information to the congregation, and it’s up to you to determine if you’ve utilized those methods to the their fullest. Whether it’s a bulletin, a mailed newsletter, a weekly email blast, a hallway slide loop, or a video announcement, find a way to present the need for volunteers to your congregation.
Let them know upfront what your expectations are. Is previous experience necessary? Do you offer training? What is the time commitment? How do I sign up?
Don’t just rely on passive advertising, though, as it’s unrealistic to expect people to come to us; we need to also go to them. Getting out of the comfort of the booth or production room and talking to the people who make up your congregation is a great way to find volunteers.
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