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In my past four decades of ministry to children, I’ve been blessed to serve alongside some of the best volunteers on this planet. While serving with, and being a volunteer, I’ve discovered two truths. First, volunteers long for care. Second, volunteers will not reach their full potential without training.
In a culture that seems to get busier and busier as each day passes, time is precious. A.W. Tozer once said, “When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” Time is not something that we are able to get back, so we must treat it like a commodity.
If there’s one thing every children’s ministry has in common, it’s the perpetual need for quality children’s workers. Leaders understand that the strength of a ministry relies on the abilities of the leaders who are on the front lines doing the ministry. But, just for a moment, let’s imagine you had a line of people ready to work. Would you be ready to receive them? How would they know what to do?
So you’ve done it! You’ve gotten the volunteers you have been hoping and praying for. But you begin to notice you are losing people as fast as you are gaining them. What’s going on? You try to make sure they have all the materials they need and even have helpers in their class. What more could they possibly want? One word: Encouragement.
When I think of the word Volunteers, my mind immediately goes into panic mode! Do I have enough? Will they be on time? Will their kids get sick at 10:00 pm on Saturday? Will they be prepared? Most kid’s pastors will understand the panic that ensues with that word volunteer. A little more panic comes to mind when you talk about recruiting volunteers. I will be honest, when I started out as a kid’s pastor, recruiting was the scariest and most intimidating thing in my job description. But over the past few years, I have come to LOVE recruiting and here is why: When you are actively recruiting and training volunteers you are completing God’s purpose for believers.