De-Stress Before You Distress

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Less-Stressful
Recruiting

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Keep these tips in mind to sidestep recruiting-related
stress.

  • Make personal connections. Recruiting is often the
    hardest part of ministry. Personal contact is your best avenue to
    make connections with people that may lead to a fruitful crop of
    volunteers. Much of your legwork will be done if you’ve taken the
    time to build relationships with people before you tap them for
    service.
  • Make visibility a priority. Ministry fairs, bulletin
    inserts, and good news announcements throughout the year keep your
    ministry visible and familiar to your entire congregation. When
    it’s time to recruit, you’ll have already advertised what your
    ministry’s about.
  • Be choosey. Go for the best of the best when
    recruiting. Steer clear of complainers who’ll focus on the
    negative. Gather volunteers who are fun, happy, and dedicated to
    helping children grow close to Jesus.

Cash-Strapped Worry
Lines

Tight budgets and funding shortfalls can be a constant source of
concern in an arena where it seems there’s never enough
construction paper or animal crackers. Use these tactics to conquer
cash issues.

  • Lobby for your needs. “There’s always something –
    playground upgrades, equipment breaking,” says Dawn Engleman, a
    children’s minister in Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania. “If a surprise
    arises, I write a proposal with cost estimates.” Documentation is
    often the best way to prove you need better funding. Write
    professional proposals with cost estimates and solutions for
    funding sources, such as fund-raising, offerings, and general
    funds. Organized information helps those willing to donate time or
    money feel confident that the task will be accomplished in an
    effective way — upping your chances for support.
  • Shine your image. The more you demonstrate your
    ministry’s vital role in your church, the less likely you are to
    suffer funding woes. Publicize successes. Keep your kids visible in
    your church’s mind.
         

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