Need or Vision

Barbara Graves —  July 27, 2010

Recruiting is a  continuous process in children’s ministry.  As volunteer leaders, it’s vital that we have others join our team to accomplish all that needs to be done.  If I were a full time children’s pastor, I would schedule time each week to take people to lunch, or meet them at Starbucks, or treat them to Marble Slab, just to have a chance to sit and talk and get to know them.  Relationships that are established in those kinds of times, enable us to share with others the opportunity to serve in areas that match their giftings and personalities.

But I don’t have time to go to lunch, rarely get to Marble Slab, and don’t get to Starbucks as much as I’d like.  More often, my conversations with potential Momentum Kids team members are snatches of sentences, quick comments on vacations or their kid’s sports accomplishments, and the occasional church luncheon when I can sit and talk with one family for 20 minutes.

This means that when I do have the opportunity to talk with someone about serving, I need to choose my words carefully.  No one wants to jump on board a sinking ship. No one wants to be part of a struggling team.  I would venture to guess that BP’s Human Resources department hasn’t been flooded with applications from successful executives who would like to be a part of their team right now.

People do not want to be a  part of something that is dying.  They want to be part of something that has life.  Something that has a purpose. Something that will make a difference. If you can share the vision God has given you of where your children’s ministry is going, others will be much quicker to join and help you get there.  Some people will help to fill a need, but more will help to accomplish a vision.

But, before you can share that vision with others, you must be sure of it yourself.  How do you view your ministry?  Are you looking for people to fill blanks on a nursery rotation?  Or are you looking for people who will give the babies in your nursery their first idea of how much God loves them by how much those volunteers love them?

Recruiting is duplicating.  You duplicate your perspective in those that you bring to your team.  Are you duplicating need or vision?

Barbara Graves

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Barbara is a married mother of 4 grown kids. She is the volunteer Children’s Pastor at Momentum Church in Woodstock, GA where she oversees kids from birth to 5th grade. She can often be found driving around north Georgia, usually with a cup of coffee in her hand.

5 responses to Need or Vision

  1. Sarah Pickering July 27, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for your post Barbara. Duplicating vision is key in recruiting. If those recruiting believe in what they are doing they’ll easier recruit others to do it with them by the enthusiasm that comes with the invitation.

    • It’s so true, Sarah!! If I am the only “recruiter” then my ministry is limited to my contacts, which, as I was saying, is limited. When “my” volunteers share their vision, we multiply the potential for team members to join the fun!

  2. Barbara,

    Great post! Thank you for your insights. Creating buzz about your vision is key to getting so many things accomplished. I think you also hit on a very key point. The time we have, and perhaps more importantly the time the people we are talking to have, is very limited. We owe it to them to make the best use of that time that we can.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Wayne! You are right about the time of others. And I think if we are considerate of it, they will be more likely to let us have a little more of their time later on, too!

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