One problem we often hear
about is that children’s ministries lack male volunteers. Many
times, women volunteers are amazing and pick up the slack.
According to George Barna, “Women are almost twice as likely
as men” to teach Sunday school. Present an opportunity
for men to step up to the plate and be positive male role models
for kids who might not have one. If your ministry could use a
little extra testosterone, here are a few tips and tricks to try,
as well as some things to stay away from.
DO – Encourage any men you already have volunteering
to recruit their friends. Volunteer recruiting works
best when it’s personal, so don’t rely on a few announcements to a
crowd. When a man can speak one-on-one with another man, the
chances of getting new men to come and help increase.
DON’T – Forget to encourage and compliment your male
volunteers. This simple but oh-so-important gesture
will keep them motivated and let them know they are making a
difference in the ministry – and that is huge for them!
DO – Give your ministry a man-friendly
makeover. Now we’re not saying to make your classrooms
look like a man cave, but understand that men will be more
attracted to rooms that don’t shout out “Girl”! While you’re at it,
take a look at the handouts and gifts you give to your volunteers.
Are they man-friendly as well?
DON’T- Leave out the high school guys. They can
often relate better to the problems kids are dealing with, and
younger kids look up to their older peers. Work with your youth or
student minister on getting volunteers from this age group to help
out with your younger kids.
DO – Be mindful of when you schedule meetings.
Working men (and women) may not be able to make midday meetings.
And while it is usually impossible to find free time when working
around various sport schedules, try to get a schedule at the
beginning of whatever sport is currently in season so you know when
you should avoid scheduling meetings, if possible.
DON’T – Ask for men if you’re not going to use
them. Give men specific roles that keep them active in
your ministry. This helps them feel as if they are making a
difference and will encourage them to come back and continue to
want to help out.
DO – Encourage couples to volunteer together.
You’ll get more volunteers, and couples work great together
already! Husbands may feel more comfortable working with their
wives, and you don’t want to go after the just the ones with
kids. There are plenty of couples without kids who would still
enjoy serving in your ministry.
As often as we hear about the shortage of men in children’s
ministry, we’re encouraged when we hear stories of men who make time to serve
with kids. God made men and women different, and that’s a great
thing. Your kids will benefit because of your efforts to make your
ministry more gender diverse.
How is your ministry doing when it comes to having positive male
role models? Do you have any tips to get men into your ministry?
Are you a man who has enjoyed serving and has suggestions for
leaders? We want to hear from you! Leave your comments below and
let us know what you think!