Volunteers are such an important part of ministry. As leaders, we cannot do everything. (Even though we often think we can and try our hardest to make it happen alone.) It’s just a recipe for disaster. Here are a few tips to help you recruit volunteers for your media ministry:
1. Spend More Time Building Relationships
There are numerous people in your congregation with the potential to serve on your team. You often just need to step out from your media booth comfort zone on Sundays and get to know the people in your church. Sometimes people have gifts and skills that they’d love to use in ministry, but have simply never been asked. When getting to know people, I will often ask what they are passionate about. Not only is it great for conversation, but it makes it easy to make recommendations for volunteering.
2. Communicate Vision, Not Need
If pastors saying, “hey, we need people to help us do ______ next Sunday” from the pulpit was a successful way to recruit volunteers, we’d all be mega churches by now. People don’t give up their free time to a need. The way they see it, their lives are already full of taking care of needs—whether it’s their kids, home, or work. However, people will respond to opportunities to be a part of something exciting. Move away from “we need you” to “we’ve got this awesome ________ happening and it would be great if you got involved.”
3. Recruit From Your Youth Ministry
There is a goldmine of media-savvy volunteers in your church’s youth ministry. Getting them plugged in to your team is a great way to keep them interested on Sunday mornings. Also, parents love that their teens are participating. It’s a win-win. (This is what kept me coming to church as a teen. I’m telling you—it works!)
4. Get Newcomers Involved
Some people expect volunteers to practically have theology degrees before getting involved. That’s nonsense. I love getting newcomers plugged in on my media team because they get to be surrounded by worship and God’s Word as they serve. (Not to mention they are normally really excited to be a part of the team.) With some intentionality on your end, you can really use this relationship to begin discipling them and getting them closer to Jesus.
5. Offer A No-Strings-Attached Trial Period
One of the biggest reservations that people have about volunteering for things in church is the fear of being committed to it forever. By offering a short trial period to test the waters, you can take away some of this hesitation. These trials should last no longer than four to six weeks and I suggest being really intentional to invest in these newbies. Show them the ropes, explain why media is important, and communicate your vision for what’s next. At the conclusion of their trial, if it’s not for them, be okay with that. Express thanks for the time they gave. Be open to their ideas of how you can do things better and share a stories of how they made a difference in those few weeks.
6. Be Committed To Excellence
Excellence both honors God and inspires people. You know who wants to be a part of mediocrity? No one. As the leader of your media ministry, work hard to do things great. Strive to become better at what you do every Sunday. People naturally want to be a part of things that are done well. However, you should never let your pursuit of excellence keep you from allowing volunteers to get involved. You’ll have a great media ministry, but be doing everything by yourself.
Do you have any other ideas for recruiting volunteers? Let us know in the comments below!