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Who else needs another volunteer?

23 Aug Student Ministry, Volunteers | Comments Off on Who else needs another volunteer?
Who else needs another volunteer?

Stop! Don’t just plug-in anyone.

Our students are back in school and we’re ready to launch another ministry year – this can only mean one thing: we need more volunteers and we’re getting desperate.

With the clock ticking, we will be tempted to invite people into our ministries who simply aren’t ready to lead or who perhaps aren’t the right fit for a particular role. Please, don’t do it.

For your sake, and more importantly,
for the student’s sake, don’t do it.

As I type, I am preparing for my 6th ministry year launch. By the end of next week, I need three more adults for our college ministry, and four for our high school ministry. I don’t know your specific context, but I can almost guarantee that you’re short too. Because we feel the weight and know the practical implications of being short-staffed, we can make the mistake of bypassing a healthy recruiting process and just plug people in. We can plug people in for a short-term fix, but that choice usually comes with long-term consequences.

So if we’re short, and we’re not willing to just plug people in, what do we do in the next couple of weeks?

3 Things to Do While You’re in a Pinch

1. Pray.

God knows that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). This has always been the case. Telling him you need more people won’t surprise him. Ask him to send the RIGHT people and then give you the patience to bring them along in a healthy way.

2. Tell Your Team.

When you finish reading this post, take five minutes to email your volunteers and tell them what’s going on. Be specific about the needs you have (we need 3 men, 5 women, etc.). By doing this, you can invite them to pray and be on the look out with you for the RIGHT people.

3. Share The Weight.

Your current volunteers are there to serve. If you give them the chance to share the weight of being short-staffed, they will jump on it. In my own experience, I have asked a leader in our college ministry to lead a group on Tuesday night and Thursday night for a month. In our high school ministry, I have asked a volunteer to lead 9th and 10th grade (making quite a large small group) for six weeks. By taking this approach, your volunteers will have the opportunity to own the ministry in a greater way, and you’ll have the time you need to bring in the RIGHT people.

Friends, I know what you’re going through right now. Let’s be honest – it’s not fun looking at a spreadsheet with several key roles blank. We want more than anything to serve students and give them the best experience possible. But if we wait, share the weight with our team, and trust Jesus to send more laborers, we will be doing the best thing for them in the end. You’ll be tempted to just plug people in over the next few weeks. Please, don’t do it.

Some Help Recruiting the Right Volunteers

Regarding a healthy process of inviting people into your ministry, check out Jason Mitchell’s post “Recruiting Volunteers with a TACO”. This four-part recruiting process will give you the tools you need to bring the RIGHT people in your ministry.

Josh Rhodes
NextGen Pastor at LCBC Church
Josh is the Next Steps Director at LCBC Church, York Campus. Prior to LCBC, he served at Chestnut Ridge Church in Morgantown, WV. Josh received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministries from Lancaster Bible College, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Biblical Seminary. He and his wife Hillary live in Lancaster with their three children - Sephora, Levi, and Pierce.