Children's Ministry Volunteers That Stick
Children's Ministry Volunteers That Stick
Item 9780764426735
By Jim Wideman

It's tough to recruit volunteers--so hang on to those you've got! You'll keep volunteers longer and keep them happier by giving them more than just a volunteer job. Instead, give them a volunteer career. Help them become leaders as well as volunteers! Here's everything you need to know to get your volunteers in the right job, then help them to grow in their skills and enthusiasm. Noted children's pastor Jim Wideman, from Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers practical strategies for any size church. Learn the secrets of retention, and ideas that really work...instill proven leadership skills...and grow your church volunteers to be happy, inspired, and in it for the long haul.
I think of them as “Velcro volunteers.”
They’re the volunteers who offer to help out in children’s church, and they just stick. Instead of helping for six months, they stay two years…five years…ten years…or more. I’ve got some volunteers who have been with the church for more than sixteen years.
Even after their own kids graduated to youth group, they’re still plugging away in children’s ministry, giving us the benefit of their experience. They get better and better at working with kids.
They’re the volunteers I usually end up promoting because they’re serving with dedication, passion, and creativity. They become leaders who direct other volunteers.
Velcro volunteers help out at VBS registration, and pretty soon they’re staffing the Sunday morning registration booth. A year later they’re running the registration booth and great things are happening.
I want volunteers like that. Don’t you?
Now, at my church we’ve got plenty of volunteer positions that don’t require someone with years of experience. I have hundreds of volunteers who give me six months or a year and then move on. That’s a fact of life, and I value those volunteers, too. God bless them.
But there are positions where experience matters, and that’s where I want people who’ll stick through thick and thin. Who’ll hang in there through tough times of transition, reorganization, and growth.
I’m always on the lookout for Velcro volunteers, and here’s the good news: You can set up your program so you have more and more of them working with you. I’ll show you how to find, hang on to, and celebrate those great people.
And I’ll show you how to move them along from being responsible for small things to being responsible for big things...

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