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8 Hidden Volunteers—and How to Recruit Them

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If you’re willing to dig a little deeper to find awesome volunteers with amazing talent, get ready to look in places you haven’t before!

Some volunteer position matches seem to be obvious. We so easily gravitate to schoolteachers to fill roles in our classrooms, because schoolteachers usually have the skills, passion, and gifts that fortify our Christian education program.

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But what about the multitude of potential volunteers in your church who aren’t professional teachers? There are people in your pews who have hidden talents and competencies you may’ve never thought about tapping for your ministry.

How can you see beyond the obvious? All you have to do is open your eyes and ears. To get you started, check out these surprising ways people could serve in your children’s ministry.

HIDDEN VOLUNTEERS #1: CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

Obvious Role: When it comes to set design and repairs, children’s ministers are always grateful for these wonderfully skilled folks. Another great role for construction workers is training kids in basic construction skills.

Surprising Role: These people live and breathe “codes” and safety policies. So why not invite them onto your team to help develop your ministry’s safety and security policies?

Your Pitch: “I know you’re highly skilled in thinking about safety and security issues in your job. Would you like to share that expertise with our team in developing codes and procedures to build a ministry that keeps our kids safe?”

HIDDEN VOLUNTEERS #2: RETAIL

Obvious Role: Who better to stock and organize your supply cabinet than someone who day in and day out organizes products?

Surprising Role: People in retail are trained in exemplary customer service. So why not have these people help train your greeters in the fine art of friendliness?

Your Pitch: “We need help in training our greeters to do the very best job greeting folks in our children’s ministry area. Could you share some of the professional training you’ve received about treating your customers with care?”

HIDDEN VOLUNTEERS  #3: EMERGENCY WORKERS

Obvious Role: These trained workers are the best people to have on hand for possible emergencies that may arise in your ministry. In addition, they’re great at training kids and staff in CPR and basic first aid.

Surprising Role: If there’s anyone who understands what it means to “lay down their life” for others, it’s emergency workers. When they get a call, they don’t know what they’ll encounter, but they’re trained to put their lives on the line. Why not have these special people share about their commitment to saving lives and helping others? Their vision could help your staff and kids make the transfer to what it means to lay down their lives for their friends or people who need Jesus.

Your Pitch: “I’m so grateful for what you do for our community, and I know you put your life on the line to save people. Could you share that special calling with our children’s ministry to inspire all of us to a deeper commitment to others?”

HIDDEN VOLUNTEERS  #4: PROFESSIONAL TECHNICAL

Obvious Role: These specially trained people, such as engineers and computer scientists, are usually gifted at analysis. So an obvious role is to invite them into any budgeting or planning process you have.

Surprising Role: Because these professional technical workers have to work with schedules and deadlines, they’re perfect for bringing in to brainstorm your annual calendar. Have them help you work backward from your deadlines to create a doable timeline.

Your Pitch: “One of the things that would make our ministry much stronger is to have a detailed plan for meeting our deadlines. I know you must be very strong at that to be so successful in your work. Could you join our team for a few hours to help us be successful?”

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