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We recently did an analysis of all of our churches looking for patterns in volunteer involvement. We looked at how many people volunteered in one year and how many were still volunteering the next year. As it turns out, we found that on average 3 out of every 10 volunteers stop serving every year.
Since one of our missions is to help churches build great volunteer teams, we took this personally and have added some cool features to our software that simplify the process of scheduling, responding, and signing up to volunteer. But what if you don’t use our software? Well, we want all churches to thrive, as people move deeper in their relationships with Jesus. So here are some tips we’ve seen and used to help churches recruit and retain volunteers…no software necessary!
Establish a Path
Every leader wants to make and grow disciples, but how that happens varies from church to church. If we are constantly calling our congregation to take the next step of faith, we need to make sure there’s a clear discipleship path. This way every task you do will be an intentional, valuable use of your time and energy.
PRO TIP: Require every serving environment in your church to have entry-level positions, where anyone can serve no matter their spiritual stage, background or church experience.
Make it extremely easy for people to get connected by making Like what you're reading? Take it with you.sure each step in the process informs and guides them to the next place to get them involved. Call people to serve from the stage, tell them where to go (sign up to volunteer at the connection table), give them job descriptions of the area they want to volunteer, and have the contact info for that lead person on the sheet. Make each step of the process painfully clear. What often feels like communication overkill to a leader is the perfect amount of communication for a church member.
PRO TIP: Use Process Queues within the Church Community Builder software and know where your people are in their discipleship journey. With Process Queues, you can make personal invitations to each person’s next step.
Have Qualifications and Requirements
Attendance, weekly worship, or being a part of a small group could be requirements that you build into your volunteer roles (we’ll dig deeper on clarifying roles in the next point). The mark of a good discipleship pathway is that there is a next step available for everyone.
That being said, serving is not a replacement for spiritual growth. Serving is one step of our growth. Being in authentic community with others, worshiping God alongside other believers, and even giving/tithing are other pieces of our spiritual growth. Be sure that you never allow someone to trade in any other pieces of their growth and community in order to serve. We don’t need a bunch of people pouring out without getting filled up first.
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