Children's Ministry Volunteers That Stick

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It's tough to recruit volunteers--so hang on to those you've got! You'll keep volunteers longer and keep them happier by giving them more than just a volunteer job. Instead, give them a volunteer career. Help them become leaders as well as volunteers! Here's everything you need to know to get your volunteers in the right job, then help them to grow in their skills and enthusiasm. Noted children's pastor Jim Wideman, from Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers practical strategies for any size church. ...
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Overview


It's tough to recruit volunteers--so hang on to those you've got! You'll keep volunteers longer and keep them happier by giving them more than just a volunteer job. Instead, give them a volunteer career. Help them become leaders as well as volunteers! Here's everything you need to know to get your volunteers in the right job, then help them to grow in their skills and enthusiasm. Noted children's pastor Jim Wideman, from Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers practical strategies for any size church. Learn the secrets of retention, and ideas that really work...instill proven leadership skills...and grow your church volunteers to be happy, inspired, and in it for the long haul.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764426735
  • Publisher: Group Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/9/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


Jim Wideman is the children's pastor and director of Christian education at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wideman's children's ministry program, Kids on the Move, serves kids with more than 75 classes each week and more than 900 volunteers.
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I think of them as "Velcro volunteers."

They're the volunteers who offer to help out in children's church, and they just stick. Instead of helping for six months, they stay two years, five years, ten years, and more. I've got some volunteers who have been with the church for more than sixteen years.

Even after their own kids graduated to youth group, they're still plugging away in children's ministry, giving us the benefit of their experience. They get better and better at working with kids.

They're the volunteers I usually end up promoting because they're serving with dedication, passion, and creativity. They become leaders who direct other volunteers.

Velcro volunteers help out at VBS registration, and pretty soon they're staffing the Sunday morning registration booth. A year later they're running the registration booth and great things are happening.

I want volunteers like that. Don't you?

Now, at my church we've got plenty of volunteer positions that don't require someone with years of experience. I have hundreds of volunteers who give me six months or a year and then move on. That's a fact of life, and I value those volunteers, too. God bless them.

But there are positions where experience matters, and that's where I want people who'll stick through thick and thin. Who'll hang in there through times of transition, reorganization, and growth.

I'm always on the lookout for Velcro volunteers, and here's the good news: You can set up your program so you have more and more of them working with you. I'll show you how to find, hang on to, and celebrate those great people. And I'll show you how to move them along from being responsible for small things to being responsible for big things. There's no reason volunteers can't direct and manage significant parts of your program. That frees you up to do ministry only you can do, and it makes good use of your volunteers' gifts and abilities. With very few exceptions, Velcro volunteers are made-not born. That's a good thing for you, because by using what you learn in this book you can create the greatest volunteer staff your church has ever known.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Creating a "Volunteers Welcome" Culture
Create a culture where volunteers are welcome, have fun, get their needs met, and want to hang out. That's when volunteers will stick-and grow in their desire to serve and lead.
Chapter 2: What Do You Believe About Volunteers?
There are four things you must passionately believe before your volunteers will ever become leaders in your ministry.
Chapter 3: Volunteer Careers
To keep volunteers long term you've got to give them more than just jobs-they need careers that involve significant ministry. Here's how to make that happen.
Chapter 4: Right People, Right Places, Right Time, Right Reasons
Want volunteers to stick? Then make sure they're the right people in the right jobs at the right times for the right reasons.v Chapter 5: Recruiting Like Jesus Recruited
You can't get volunteers to stick with your program until you get volunteers in the first place. Here's how Jesus got people-you can use the same techniques and get all the great people you need.
Chapter 6: Job Descriptions
Volunteers can't be successful if they're not sure what to do. Here's how to write job descriptions for your volunteers-and why it's worth the effort.
Chapter 7: Interviewing and Placement
Here's how to make sure volunteers get into the right jobs-jobs where they'll fit and they're likely to stick long term.
Chapter 8: Orientation, Training, and Evaluation
Volunteers who do their jobs well tend to be happier-and stick longer. Here are three things you can do to help them be spectacularly successful.
Chapter 9: The Secret of Volunteers Who Stick
The secret revealed, and you'll never guess what it is.
Chapter 10: Photocopiable Resources
Here are forms you can photocopy or adapt to your needs, handouts for your leaders, and outlines and templates for job descriptions, volunteer handouts, and more.
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