4 Ways to Attract the Best Volunteers

Kade Young says nothing is more demotivating than leadership being unprepared:

In church, when a volunteer underperforms, we often write it off saying something like, “Well, it’s not like they are paid staff…they are just volunteers.” I have been in many leadership meetings where this is the ‘cop out’ to the problem at hand. After all, it is an easy statement to agree with.

But, before we take the easy way out, let’s think about what is really being said here. You could easily replace the phrase ‘they are just volunteers’ with ‘they are just serving God’… brings a new perspective, doesn’t it?

The main problem with this type of thinking is that when you expect less, you get less. You are effectively inspiring volunteers to be lazy when serving God. In other words, you are teaching that you should only give your best effort when a paycheck is to follow.

So, how do we inspire and attract the best volunteers?

Be organized.

Nothing is more demotivating than leadership being unprepared. As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure team members have the tools and resources they need to complete the task at hand. As a worship leader, this means providing sheet music, MP3s and other resources to help your musicians learn the set list.

A worship team that gets their materials at least a week ahead of time and shows up to rehearsal with all the sound equipment working is able to focus on their real job: leading worship. On the flip side, if the worship leader did not take time to prepare these things, the worship team is distracted, frustrated and ends up just going through the motions.

If you are an unorganized leader, don’t be discouraged. God has equipped you with the ability to do what you need to do. So, lean on Him as you put in the effort to become organized.

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