Archives For Recruitment

We cannot be a “one man band”, we will burn out. But there is power in one…

  • One man died for our sins
  • One man changed the world forever

Now what if we did just one thing:

  • What if each of us reached just one person for Christ this month?
  • What if we each had one person we were mentoring?
  • What if each of us would share just one thing that God is doing in our ministry with others?

The power of one. YOU! This month, share just one thing that God is doing in your ministry with others. If you can’t think of one thing that God is doing, maybe He isn’t, then ask why, but I’m sure that if you look, you will see God working in your ministry. Share that with someone today and spread the enthusiasm. People want to be where God is working, so let them know!

Recently we’ve been focused on volunteers and within the last few weeks a new resource was made available entitled Rock Solid Volunteers. Here is the description from Amazon:

Larry Fowler, Director of Program and Training for Awana Clubs International, believes that there are seven biblical principles, drawn from the book of Nehemiah, that will help pastors and leaders more effectively motivate and manage volunteers. Rock-Solid Volunteers looks at the obstacles Nehemiah and his volunteer workers faced – fatigue, weakness, loss of vision, peer pressure and opposition, just for starters!—and examines the seven steps Nehemiah took to lead his volunteers to success. Pastors and ministry leaders will be equipped to attract, inspire and keep talented, committed volunteers, no matter the challenge!

Larry begins each chapter giving the account from Uzziel’s view. A goldsmith during the days of Nehemiah who helped rebuild the wall. While this account is not recorded in the Bible, Larry uses this to show how the workers of the day must have felt and how the volunteers we serve with today feel in service. Then throughout the chapter, Larry conveys practical ideas from Nehemiah (yes, Biblical principles!) to use to gain and maintain volunteers. Larry pulls from his own personal experiences in ministry and taps into what others in children’s ministry are doing today. At the end of each chapter, Larry also provides questions to think and talk about, helping you personalize it and develop an action plan for you and your ministry.

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Last week, we started our holiday series here on Kidmin1124 exploring some of the lessons we can learn from the man up north.  The first lesson was “Making Lists and Checking Them Twice,” but that’s not all he has to offer.  A second critical lesson we can learn from jolly old St. Nick is:


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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?

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Need or Vision

Barbara Graves —  July 27, 2010

When you recruit volunteers for you childern’s ministry, are you trying to fulfill a need or cast a vision? How do you make the most and best use of your time in recruiting? Barbara Graves explores thee issues, and more, in this article.

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