Usually I would wait to share an idea or event until after it was over, and I could say that it was a success. However, this idea met with such agreement and enthusiasm at our staff meeting this week that I decided to pass it along even though it is still in the concept stage.
I have been thinking about ways to let more people in our congregation know exactly what it is that we do each week in children’s ministry. If they could just see first hand what it is we do and what we accomplish, I am certain that they would all immediately sign up to serve! Well, maybe some of them, at least. One day, my mind wondered to “Take Your Child to Work Day” in which parents take their kids with them to work so that they can see what Mommy and/or Daddy do. Kids get really excited about seeing what their parents do during the day, and parents get to spend quality time with their kids. I began to wonder if there was a way that we could accomplish that same thing on a ministry level at the church. The staff agreed, and we are currently planning to have a “Take Your Friend to Serve Day” sometime in January.
Most of us will concur that when it comes to recruiting, a happy volunteer all ready serving on your team can be your best and most effective voice in recruiting other volunteers. Rather than have the Lead Pastor announce a need and/or plead for children’s ministry volunteers from the pulpit, or printing another spot in the bulletin, what if someone who is serving realizes the value in what they are doing and shared that with a friend? What if they truly understood the importance of what they do to the church, to the members, to the pastors, to parents and to potential Christ followers, and a desire to share that with their piers welled up inside of them? When they talk about how they serve, whether it’s through the nursery, parking cars, or music, what if they get excited about it because they feel like they are making a difference in God’s Kingdom?