Volunteer Leadership Tip #5: Just Ask!

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It seems like a no-brainer, but statistics show the #1reason people volunteer is because someone asked them!  Here are 3 quick steps for inviting someone into ministry.  It’s kind of like having a party—and your prospective volunteers are the VIPs.

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Step 1 – The Guest List: Make a list of people with the right qualities.  Need someone friendly?  Organized?  Tech-savvy?  Use this as a primary filter.

Step 2 – The Invitation: When it comes to inviting people, get personal.  Either face-to-face or in a brief note. In your note, share how they will make a difference and briefly describe why you enjoy serving in your position.  Positive, high-energy statements are contagious!  End your note with a personal invitation to meet up and discuss the possibilities.

Step 3 – The Party – A Face to Face Meeting: Follow up to arrange a time to meet.  Share what God’s doing in your ministry, and how your “guest” could benefit from getting involved.  If they’re not ready to commit, invite them to observe.  There’s nothing like seeing God at work!

 Learn more best practices on inviting at www.churchvolunteercentral.com.

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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