What's in this session?

  • The majority of volunteers become active in the first 6-12 months of attending (12:42)
  • The secret step to getting new volunteers (17:59)
  • How to gauge your volunteers' needs (20:58)
  • Step 1 of the 3-Step System (Get Organized) (23:42)
  • Step 2 of the 3-Step System (Communicate) (27:11)
  • Step 3 of the 3-Step System (Go Digital) (34:38)

Show notes and resources

3 Instant Takeaways

  1. Ask, what do we need? What do we have? Then start matching the two. You can announce your volunteer needs to the church at large. If you do that, however, track exactly where you need them: don’t just ask for volunteers in a general sense. Be systematic and tally how many volunteers you need and where.
  2. Have a plan to get all volunteers the information they need to serve well. They need calendars and they need to give you their calendars. Some of your volunteers are leaders and some are more assistive, so some of your communication needs to be targeted differently to various volunteers. Things get more complicated when volunteers serve irregularly or on a rotational basis, so it’s imperative that you have a plan.
  3. Go digital with your volunteer schedule. Why? What’s wrong with just letting it all work out naturally? Mainly because it saves time. The making of phone calls, sending out individual reminder emails, and arranging substitutions takes a lot of time. Going digital automates these tasks and frees volunteers to focus on their job, not the administration of their job. Ministry Scheduler Pro even provides these features on a mobile app that can use texts.

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