Finding Your Volunteers the Right Piece of the Pie

Barbara Graves —  October 25, 2010

As volunteer leaders we often are cautioned not to bite off more than we can chew.  So the obvious answer is to let more people have a piece of the pie.  It’s easy to get caught up looking for the right person to step into major roles; a nursery director or a preschool teacher.  Rarely do we intentionally look for the smaller, less traditional roles.  For example, do you recruit for a nursery holiday decorator, an internet researcher or a preschool photographer? There isn’t a task that is so small that you can’t share it with someone else.  And, almost any gifting that a person has can be a blessing someway in children’s ministry.

Here are some reasons to share even slivers of the pie:

–Obviously, the more you can have done by others, the more time you have to put into new areas.  If someone will search Youtube for a funny video that will illustrate your point, that could save you an hour at least!  And, it’s a nice bonus to your lesson!

–By offering a very small task, volunteers who are hesitant to commit to serving may come on board without feeling overwhelmed.  More people are likely to help if they know it is a very defined task they are expected to fulfill.

–Once people are involved in a small way, they often see the vision for themselves and want to become even more involved.

–The more people who are involved, even on a small level, the more connections with others that they can invite to join the team.  It has been said time and time again, the best recruiting tool is a volunteer who loves what they do.  They will tell their friends, people that you, as the ministry leader, may not have connected with yet and may otherwise never have connected with.

–Small tasks that are not necessarily in most children’s ministry handbooks may offer a unique aspect of ministry to your families. God has placed people in your church for a purpose.  Let them find that purpose, and  use it for Him with your ministry.  A preschool photographer can come into class, photograph the kids during the Bible story, worship, and craft times, then put those on a slide show.  That slide show can be looped to play as the kids come into class the next week, or posted to the preschool web site for parents to see what their kids enjoyed that week.

Find a place for people to serve.  Make a job description around what they love to do.  Let them see how God will bless your children’s ministry through them.

In the end, they may be asking for seconds of that pie!

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.

2 responses to Finding Your Volunteers the Right Piece of the Pie

  1. Great thoughts. I have read Dale Burke’s “Less Is More Leadership” at least 3 times. I am always reminded of his 80% rule — if someone else can do the job 80% as good as you, let them do it. That will free you up to do other things.

  2. Agree! I find sometimes it’s the little tasks that I always forget about trying to delegate and then I end up swamped with “little” things here and there that use up a LOT of time. Great article. Great comment Joey — I hadn’t heard of that book before. Adding it to my Amazon wishlist now!