Volunteers: Find them; Train them; Love them; Keep Them!
In many non-profit organizations, a team of volunteers work together to create lasting change in their community. Each member of that team brings unique experience and skills in helping to fulfill the mission of the organization. These people are the lifeblood of the organization and, together, are able to positively impact the lives of individuals and families that need their help the most. (Our Team and Volunteers)
Your Children’s Ministry is just like these organizations. It could not function without the aid of volunteers who give so tirelessly every week to help reach the boys and girls of your local community. Without these individuals, your church would not be able to accomplish its vision for ministry to children. It is very important, whether you have one volunteer or a hundred volunteers, that you create a culture that allows their ministry and spiritual gifts to thrive.
Ideas You Can Use
An Invitation – Jim Wideman says, “The greatest thing that all recruiting is, is an invitation to help people.” (Volunteers That Stick)
Next to “recruiting” volunteers, training is perhaps the most challenging element of leading in Children’s Ministry.
The relationship you have with your CM volunteers is important, but how well they work together as a team is equally, if not more, important.
Valuing your volunteers mostly involves listening to what they have to say.
The Vanderbloemen Search Group has come up 8 things you can say to communicate how much you value and treasure volunteers.
There are many resources that can help with volunteers. Click the button below for a list to get started.
Curt and Sandy Knowles are a members of the International Children’s Ministry teaching team. They have trained children’s ministers globally and throughout the United States. Together, they have served as children’s pastors, evangelists, and camp directors over the past 15 years. Sandy holds a Bachelor of Theology degree and has been a licensed/ordained minister in the Church of God of Prophecy for over 23 years. Curt holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in both Computer Science and Theology, and has worked as a Data Architect/Engineer for the past 25 years. Curt and Sandy have two children and three granddaughters. They currently live in Gallatin, TN and serve on the 3Trees Kids Ministry serve team at 3Trees Church in Russell Springs, KY.