Have you read The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams? This book has moved into the position of “Top 5 Must Have” books for Kids Ministry. It is LOADED with information.
My friend Dale Hudson is the author of this amazing book. This guy has tons of Kids Ministry Experience and really knows his stuff when it comes to kids, volunteers, recruiting, training and motivating. His blog is loaded with resources and ideas on many different kids ministry related topics. He has a humble spirit and an amazing servant’s heart. I have visited the church many times where he was on staff as the Kids Ministry Director and my kids loved being in the kids program there. He is an international conference speaker and trainer, and I have learned so much from this guy and his experience. He is the author of several kids ministry books, and his most recent, The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams is one of my favourites.
One of the biggest challenges that Kids Ministry Leaders face is Finding and Keeping Volunteers. I have taught several workshops/classes on how to find & keep volunteers. This post includes a free PowerPoint Presentation that I used at a recent event. It includes ideas on how to recruit, and who to ask. It gives ideas on how to run a recruiting event and how to keep volunteers long term by helping them find the right fit.
When I think of volunteers, this is the picture that I have in my head. Volunteers are in different stages. Some are new, or come occasionally while others are the committed people that do the majority of the work. As I look at these circles, here are some thoughts on how to find kids ministry leaders:
Sometimes when it comes to recruiting volunteers, you need to think outside the box. Bulletin announcements & mass emails are just not working. That’s when you do a BIG Recruiting Event. Here are some recruiting ideas that we did to make our Recruiting Event Successful:
Look what came in the mail today! I love reading books on leadership, especially ones that are related to Disney. I am always looking for ideas on how to decrease volunteer turnover, and I think this book will help.
Finding leaders can be challenging. Usually it takes time for you to find people who are willing to serve at the leadership level. So how does this happen? How do you find kids ministry leaders?
Do you have people in your church who tell you that they don’t like to work with kids? They can still be part of your kids ministry team! Here are some of the volunteer roles we have in Kids Ministry that do not require people to be with the kids:
Summer is a challenging time to find enough people to help in Kids Ministry. Many people take some well deserved time off so it can be difficult to put people on the summer schedule when it works best for them. I have found the most success when I let them choose their own dates. To do that, I use a Google Document. You can create a spreadsheet right in Google Docs that you can share with people.
If you lead a team of volunteers, Simply Strategic Volunteers is a must read book for you. It’s loaded with 99 chapters that are all 1-2 pages each. This allows you to read a few chapters at a time, and it is loaded with great information.
One of the biggest challenges in Kids Ministry is a shortage of volunteers. There never seems to be enough of them. I have volunteered for other people before and I have taken what I learned from that experience to see volunteering from a different perspective.
When I went to visit Northpoint Community Church in Atlanta, I saw this Recruiting Volunteers board in one of the offices. As people move through the process of becoming a volunteer, their name is moved along in the categories. (names are greyed out for privacy) It’s a great way to remember who you have connected with, where they are in the process and what is the next step for them. It even included details such as the date they got moved to that category or which service they will be serving in. If you are a visual learner, this method might be beneficial for you as you look for volunteers to join your team.