This month, we’re taking time to shine the spotlight on the very lifeblood of our ministries – our volunteers. And we’ll be carefully unpacking our new ebook by Chris Mavity, ‘Your Volunteers: Recruit,’ taking an in-depth look at the health of our volunteers because healthy volunteers lead to healthy ministry, and churches that successfully create a thriving culture of volunteers experience growth, discipleship, and other ministry objectives.
In the book, Mavity says, “Early in His ministry, Jesus recognized the simple fact that He couldn’t do it all and that He’d need help. Jesus’ solution? Volunteers.
"Healthy volunteers are growing in their relationship with God. People who are growing in their relationship with God naturally desire to serve."
“That’s right. Jesus selected volunteers to join His ministry effort. Today, we call twelve of Jesus’ early volunteers apostles. We read about their selection and training in the Gospels, and their ministry results are outlined in the first part of the book of Acts and various New Testament epistles.
Volunteer ministry is one of the most pressing topics among church leaders today – and rightfully so. Nothing can propel your ministry further and faster than thriving, healthy volunteers. Developing a thriving volunteer ministry is arguably the best way to ensure the long-term health and vitality of your church.Orientation training helps your volunteers understand the role, responsibilities, and expected outcomes of the assignment. The objective in developing good orientation training is to give your volunteers the minimum guidance, information, and instruction necessary to complete the assignment well, all while helping your volunteers gain confidence.
But many churches still have questions when it comes to creating a comprehensive volunteer strategy. Some have volunteers that seem to do everything but are looking for other people to share the load. Others are great at recruiting but don’t know how to train or equip their volunteers properly.
Which takes priority – discipleship or volunteering?
The short answer to this trick question: Both.
This is a new concept for many churches because they traditionally have separated the spiritual growth ministry from the volunteer ministry when in reality, the two go hand-in-hand.
So before we begin our series about our greatest ministry asset – people – Download your free copy of "Your Volunteers: Recruit" and delve deeper into Chris Mavity’s ebook this month, here are five articles you may have missed that cover each of the five critical tenets of developing and fostering healthy volunteer operations that lead to healthy ministry.
Recruting: 7 Things Your Should Know About Recruiting Volunteers.
Volunteers are perhaps the single greatest asset of any community of faith. Healthy churches empower individuals to be actively engaged in ministry rather than passively participating in events. But how do you go about growing your volunteer base? Training pastors about volunteer management is one of the greatest skill sets needed for local church ministry.
Training: An In-Depth Look at Volunteer Training in the Twenty-First Century.
Training volunteers is an integral component of making an impact on our communities and spreading the Gospel. However, that doesn’t mean it is an easy task by any means. Volunteer scheduling conflicts and the limited time available to devote to training and equipping volunteers are just two of the challenges that make it difficult for church leaders.
Placing: A simple Ways to Equip Volunteers for Success.
Volunteers are a precious component of church life. When the purpose of each puzzle piece is made clear, volunteers can do amazing work to grow the Kingdom. Providing them with a job description is a great foundation for equipping them to own a particular area of ministry – and volunteers with job descriptions are more motivated, feel more effective, and last longer than volunteers without one.
Supporting: 5 Things Your Church Should Constantly Be Doing FOR Your Volunteers
These five steps are critical if you want to move your volunteers from the mindset of simply filling a volunteer role to actually being the ministry of the church. Volunteers who have been given the tools to succeed are the glue that holds the Body together. Your volunteers are much less likely to fall through the cracks when a well-equipped strategy is in place.
Mointoring: 4 Way Technology Helps You Support Volunteer Leaders.
Your church’s process for training, equipping, and supporting volunteer leaders impacts your potential for growth more than any other aspect of your ministry. Therefore, we should leverage every tool we have if we want to be good stewards of the people God has entrusted to us. Technology enables you to continue to support and monitor volunteers once they’re plugged in.
As your church implements the ideas in these articles and the subsequent articles in this series that cover ‘Your Volunteers’ you will also see discipleship-level growth that naturally multiplies. Together, volunteerism and discipleship will work together to produce a healthy ministry for God’s glory.
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Subscribe to the Ministry Lab and stay tuned as we take a deeper dive into recruiting volunteers all through out the month of April. In addition, download your free copy of Chris Mavity's first ebook in our Volunteer Engagement Series: "Your Volunteers: Recruit"