A Simple Recruitment Tip That Actually Works


Chances are you struggle to find enough leaders to serve in your church. This seems to be one of the biggest struggles organizations face and today I want to share with you a simple tip for successful enlistment. Feed your volunteers. Now before I lose you, let me clarify with some practical steps.

First, make a list of people who you would love to have on your team. Look for dads who are leading their families spiritually. Find moms who have the heart of a teacher. Find grandparents who would be willing to love kids. Write these names down and begin praying for God to work in their hearts. Remember that while Paul planted the seed and Apollos water it, it was God who caused the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:6.

Next, ask those on your list if they would be willing to bring a snack or food to treat your current volunteers. Use this opportunity to share what God is doing in the ministry and how valuable this ministry team is to the kingdom. Explain how everyone on the team is working together and using their gifts to accomplish great things for God. Ask them if they will join in by treating the team to a special snack.

As they bring food, take the time to show appreciation and ask your team to express gratitude. Remind them how important the volunteers are to the success of the ministry and thank them for being a part of the big picture.

Finally, as you are returning their tray or dish, invite them to play a bigger role. Let them know the gifting you see in them and how they can use that gift for God’s kingdom.

I know this tip may seem small, but when recruitment becomes a part of everyday life you will begin to build depth in your teams!

Get More Volunteers


“The best churches don’t hire ministers to DO all of the ministry; they equip and inspire volunteers and leaders to get ministry done. Learn how these five leading pastors and churches equip and inspire volunteers.” 

The Rocket Company has been a great resource to me and my ministry. On October 29, 2013 – 1:00 PM EDT they are hosting a free online conference called, “Get More Volunteers.” I am super excited to hear from church leaders such as Reggie Joiner, Tony Morgan, and Perry Noble. 

For more information check out http://getmorevolunteers.com and hopefully after the conference I’ll make a post of what spoke to me and my ministry at Southern Hills.

Volunteer Handbook

ImageWhat is the mission for the kids ministry? What are the volunteer requirements and expectations? What do you do if there’s a fire?

Since the beginning of the year, we have been working on a handbook for the Southern Hills Kids Ministry. This has been a long process filled with many questions of “content vs. information overload” “legal vs. love” “practical vs. ideal.” Ultimately we have landed on the following handbook. With the assistance of other church leaders, ideas from other handbooks, and a solid team working towards one goal we have landed on the following as our SHCC Volunteer Handbook. Feel free to do as we have done to take ideas and make this your own.

Together let’s raise the bar in professionalism and organization in the kids ministry world.