At our district conference the issue of volunteers came up again. I’m learning that many of the congregations in my district have a chronic problem with recruiting volunteers. I repeatedly hear about tired leaders and people so focused on getting their job done that they don’t have time to invest in relationships with entry level volunteers.
As I’ve mentioned before, people are smart. They can tell that
- the job descriptions are to big for one person
- existing leaders are burned out and
- that their is a fear that no one will step up.
Once the need gets critical, all too often volunteer development and member participation is handled like we’re trying to catch a new volunteer in a trap – SNAP! You’re the new chair of the canvass committee. Ha! Ha! Ha!
Their too smart for that. You can’t trap them. That’s why you’re in trouble.
Instead, we need to be connecting the work of the church to the gifts of our members, building passionate and exciting teams, and empowering people for ministry. These topics and more we’ll discuss in the repeat offering of my Mobilizing Volunteers webinar, date to be set next week.
Stay tuned for a webinar update.