Through the years this one topic has resulted in more elusiveness, more books written about, conference workshops taught on, magazine articles written on, heated discussions over, and now over the past couple years, more blog posts on. What is the topic that I am referring to?
Why is it that we can construct these huge modern marvels buildings, send people to the moon several times, create smart computers, find cures for deadly illnesses, and yet still be crippled by this topic of volunteerism in so many of our churches and Children’s ministries? I believe it is in large part due to how we have discovered success in all the above. It has happened in steps and with no one magical solution. For some reason, we want an answer other than “Ask people to join you in the bigger picture of what God is up to by volunteering in working in the nursery, preschool, kids church, mid week etc”.
Sure it is great that you invest in your leaders by providing training and having a smooth process for accepting them. You could create a volunteer lounge, write cards to them, acknowledge them in front of their peers, highlight them in the bulletin, create super star video clips of them, give gift cards to them, hold luncheons for them, send them singing telegrams to them at work and more, build relationships with them, or have them over for popcorn and movies at your house. But you cannot do any of that if you have not first spent time just simply asking people to join you in accomplishing what God wants to do through your church in the lives of the kids and their families in your community.
You most likely have the volunteers in proportion to your asking percentage. Increasing the asking will increase the volunteers. There is no big secret, just plain consistency.