Friday, 28 March 2008

Volunteers... The Church's Life Blood

The life blood of a church is it's volunteers.
My mate Ps Jordon Smith from Equippers Church in Auckland (New Zealand) gave a great thought on dealing with our 'leadership' / volunteer shortages. Just as every person has the same 24 hours in a day and yet some people accomplish so much while others accomplish so little. What's the difference? How you manage your time.
In the same way... every church is always crying out for more volunteers / leaders. This will always be true (and it doesn't matter what size the church is!). So perhaps what we need to learn is how to manage the resources that we have much better.

So to help you in recruiting and caring for your volunteers / leaders... click the 2 links below.

Click Link 1 and Link 2 to get great cartoons on volunteers.

If you have any comments or other great resources... please do let me know!!!


Anonymous said...

Recruitment is one aspect of attracting volunteers/leaders. Retention is another key aspect! Combine the two and you've got a winning formula. How valued are our volunteers feeling? Are they supported? Churches also need to be aware that they need to 'strike while the iron is hot'. Someone may be enthused about ministry but if things don't happen over an extended period and/or they aren't encouraged, they will take their passion elsewhere. I think it's good for all churches to do a mental audit of what things are like for their body of volunteers. If we want a good commitment from people, we need to make sure we also are committed to them. I think most churches do this well but asking ourselves these questions never hurts even if it just results in affirmation that yes, we're doing a good job. :-)

Clive Smit said...

I totally agree with you... asking the questions is the only way to ensure that we stay sharp.

Thanks for your thoughts.