Posts By Karen Kogler

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Don’t Just Recruit Volunteers, Retain Them!

I clearly remember the day I uncovered three little words that have a huge impact on retaining volunteers. I was talking to a man who set up coffee and donuts every Sunday. He was new to that ministry, so I asked, “How’s it going?” His answer was a cheerful, “Fine . . . great ….

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Want Volunteers? Use Scheduling that Works

We’re all jugglers when it comes to our calendars. On top of our regular work and school hours, there are the soccer tournaments, band recitals, business trips, family get-togethers, and weekend getaways. One result: volunteer no-shows at church because “something came up.” One way to deal with this reality is to rethink the way you…

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Want Volunteers? Invite Seniors to Serve

Picture the seniors who volunteer at your church. Is your first thought of the sweet grandmothers who stuff inserts in the bulletin? These volunteers are wonderful and valuable, but also picture these: The “elder statesmen/women” who serve in leadership positions and other roles of influence Retirees whose calendars are filled with travel, grandchildren, and other…

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Want Volunteers? Invite and Equip Parents

Parents make great volunteers. Most scouting groups and kids’ sports teams are run entirely by parents. Many parents are graciously willing to invest time and energy to give their children enriching experiences. Invite and encourage parents to serve, but beware, this can be one of the most challenging areas of volunteer recruitment and management. Some…

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Want Volunteers? Throw a Party!

Ministry fairs are popular church volunteer recruitment events. Each ministry (such as Sunday school, food pantry, the garden club, etc.) prepares and staffs a table. People stroll around the room, viewing the volunteer opportunities, and signing up if interested. Effective ministry fairs are like a party – a place where people gather, eat, talk, and…

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Want Volunteers? Get to Know Your People

Likes to work with children. Check! Able to volunteer on Sunday mornings. Check! Can design crafts, bake snacks, and head off tantrums. Check! Information about a volunteer’s skills, spiritual gifts, and preferences is always helpful. It allows us to direct our recruitment efforts to those who are most likely to be interested. The person with…

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Want Volunteers? Ask New Members

Talked to any new members at your church lately? New members make great volunteers. They’re excited about their new church. They want to get to know others and recognize serving as a great way to build relationships. Most are open to getting involved and making a meaningful contribution. Plus, during transitions, people may be more…

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Want Volunteers?Consider the Ins and Outs

An intriguing way to grow volunteerism at church involves looking at the “ins” and “outs”—people volunteering inside, and outside, your church’s walls. To start, think about the ratio of inside/outside volunteering at your church. List all of your volunteer opportunities, noting which are internal (ushering; Sunday school teachers) and which have an external focus (donations…

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Recruitment Basics #4Recruitment Tips

The first three blogs in this series talked about the basics of good recruiting: common practices to avoid, the importance of the job description, and how to invite people to serve. Future blogs will cover other angles of recruiting such as helping new members get involved, organizing ministry fairs, involving parents and seniors as volunteers,…

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