Volunteer Recruitment: Recruit Young, Train Well, Build Relationships

While much of the focus on the job is to deal with technology, don't forget about the need to minister to others.

Volunteer Recruitment: Recruit Young, Train Well, Build Relationships
One place to start putting your ear to the ground is within your High School and College/Young Adult crews. These students are usually quick learners, on top of it when it comes to technology, while also being creative, and possibly have more time on their hands during the weekends. This volunteer at Victory World Church in Atlanta is working on a DiGiCo SD5, mixing for broadcast.

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Each weekend all around the world, volunteers come together to help create different worship experiences.

Mediocrity rarely attracts others to get involved and share their free time.

Many churches have very few staff members and rely almost entirely on volunteer-led production teams. But one thing I hear often is, “How do you recruit new volunteers to serve on your production team?” It is at times hard to recruit new volunteers interested to join our production teams, but I do believe there are quite a few things you can do to increase the interest in joining your team.

Below are a few things over the years I have found personally to have been successful in recruiting and maintaining production volunteers.

Commit to Excellence and Consistency

Excellence honors both God and inspires others.

Mediocrity rarely attracts others to get involved and share their free time.

One of the things you can do each week to help recruit new potential volunteers, is to work hard at creating an engaging worship experience each and every weekend. Don’t settle for “good,” but instead review and critique your weekends and find a one percent increase in performance each weekend.

Your goal is not to be perfect, but instead to improve.

Recruit Young

One place to start putting your ear to the ground is within your High School and College/Young Adult crews. These students are usually quick learners, on top of it when it comes to technology, while also being creative, and possibly have more time on their hands during the weekends. From my experience, though, they bring a whole new level of energy to the table in trying new ways of doing things.

And last but not least, they can become your great leaders if challenged to step up to the plate.

Offer a “Sneak Peak” Weekend

Choose a few weekends out of the year and put on your calendar a “Sneak Peak” or “Backstage Pass” weekend. If you can promote this from your stage that would be great, but that may not be possible (you know we all highly dislike that “announcement” segment). Although you can definitely promote it internally with your own volunteer team. On this particular weekend, invite anyone interested in volunteering to join you for a weekend service from the perspective of a production volunteer. Begin the day with your call time and have them sit in on production meetings, rehearsals and services.

Choose someone from you staff to be the “host” for the day and show them all the production elements that happen behind the scenes to make a Sunday morning worship experience happen. And just like above, put your best foot forward and do this with excellence.


More About Mike Paschal
Mike Paschal served for 13 years at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, N.C., where he served in various roles, including as the Production Director, Video/Lighting Coordinator and Director of Media. Mike is in the process of transitioning to a new role and church, as the Video Director at Victory World Church in Atlanta, beginning in December 2016. When away from work, he spends every minute he can with his wife, Kirsten, and his little man, Noah.
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