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:
Does your family come first? Take a moment and think about it. I’m willing to bet there have been times when you’ve had to choose work over them. I’m sure there have been those moments where you unintentionally took them for granted.
If that’s happened to you join the club. It happens and sometimes it’s unavoidable. However, if you want to stay in ministry for the long haul you have to learn how to navigate family and work. A few lessons I’ve learned to help me do this are to:
I had no clue what I was doing when I first started in ministry. To tell you the truth there are still times when I struggle to figure it out. Having someone there more experienced and looking in from the outside has helped me greatly.
Youth ministry offers a variety of twists and turns. To navigate the journey alone is never wise. Surrounding yourself with the right people is key to growing stronger and more efficient. While your volunteers and coworkers can help you do that, sometimes you:
Are you thinking about volunteers right now? Probably not as much as you were a few months ago. And that’s natural because the urgency kicks in right around the beginning of programs or right before a big event.
Should you be thinking about volunteers right now? Definitely. Believe it or not the right time to recruit volunteers is now. You aren’t consumed with launching anything new and people aren’t wrapped up in the middle of a transitional season. But, before you send out a email blast to recruit more people consider a more personal approach and that starts with:
There’s always at least one. You might be in the middle of a serious story and you see them in the corner of your eye chatting with a friend. The temptation is to stop what you are doing and call them out, but is that really the best way to react?
This is part 2 of our post mini series: How To Handle Annoying and Obnoxious Teenagers. In the first part we talked about being proactive by preventing distractions (Read that post HERE). In this post we’ll look at: