How can I get more volunteers?
That’s among the top five questions I hear on a regular basis. Here are twenty quick ways to bring in new people (none of ’em involve putting on a chicken suit).
- Shoulder tap.
- Encourage every existing volunteer to invite one new volunteer to serve in the next year.
- Personally invite one new person a month to serve on your team.
- Talk about it from the stage.
- Tell volunteers’ stories.
- Provide regular orientation opportunities.
- Let potential volunteers observe what they’ll be doing (with zero commitment).
- List opportunities in your worship guide.
- Put up rotating slides before the service.
- Highlight the chance to build community, not just to serve.
- Spotlight a “volunteer of the week” on your social media accounts.
- Talk about serving as opportunity instead of duty.
- Help people discover their passion.
- Tell “hero stories” of how volunteers created wins for guests.
- Provide “one-off” serving opportunites.
- Make serving easy: pay attention to your on-ramps.
- Talk about serving in your membership class.
- Create spaces where families can serve together.
- Help potential vols think through their schedules.
- Stick with new volunteers until they’re comfortable in their role.
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