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Building a Volunteer Pool

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A look at common pitfalls and a new "recipe" for identifying potential volunteers well ahead of when they are needed! Don't get caught short again.

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Introduction: Everybody needs volunteers! Listen for help in avoiding common pitfalls and being ready with a pool of volunteers when you need them.

Summary: Waiting until you desperately need them doesn’t make for successful volunteer generation. Rather, think ahead and use this equation in your approach to inviting volunteers:

Prayer + Time + Listening = Volunteers

  • Pray: Jesus, I don’t know who the right people are, but I ask that you make it clear to me who they are, put a willing spirit on their hearts that they could be open to serving, and be present in the whole process.
  • Time: The time to start finding people is when you don’t need them! You know you’ll need them in the future. It makes for low-pressure conversations when you ask them and gives them time to prayerfully consider if the role would be a good fit for them.
    • When praying for leaders in the congregation, pay attention to the names that you think of.
    • Send a letter telling that person you have been praying and ask them to consider volunteering. After they have time to think about it, follow up.
  • Listening:
    • Prayerfully listen to where the Spirit is calling these people.
    • Listen to the people to see what they are passionate about and where they see themselves using their talents.

Thought Starters:

  • Which of these suggestions fit my situation?
  • Who is on my heart as I pray about our church ministries?
  • What is a good way for me to contact those people in my setting?

 

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