When I ask youth ministers what’s one of the biggest challenges they face most of them say, “RECRUITING ADULTS TO SERVE.” Some of them sound so disheartened and ask me, “How do you get people who are uninterested involved?”
Recruiting volunteers takes work, but it’s not impossible work. In fact the process of recruiting can actually be fruitful. Not only will you build up your team, but learn a lot about your ministry. To get uninterested adults involved in your ministry you need to:
Do you mind if I give you some feedback? I hated that question for the longest time. It’s not that I didn’t want things in my ministry to change, I just didn’t want someone to point out my flaws.
Receiving feedback is hard. It can feel patronizing, critical and make you feel vulnerable. Anytime anyone offered any little bit of wisdom I would shut it down, and get defensive. What followed?
One of the biggest reasons a volunteer will stop serving is due to a lack of direction. If they don’t know what to do, when to do it or how they’ll lose site of their purpose.
As the leader it’s your responsibility to make sure your team is set-up for success. While trainings and resources are important communication is what matters most. Especially when it comes to these four areas:
We all have those seasons in ministry when it feels like no matter how hard we work nothing seems to change. It’s a defeating feeling that leaves you wondering, “What have I accomplished?”
If your youth ministry feels like it’s grown stale or is sluggish, it’s time to look at your vision. If your ministry has lost site of the vision it’s time for you, and your volunteers to fall back in love with it. And you can do it by: