One of the greatest questions I get asked from time to time by our volunteers or other churches is, “Where are the volunteers at!?” In other words, “Where can I find more!?”
No matter what area of ministry you serve in, if there are volunteers you always feel like you need more. It can sometimes feel like a disparaging search for people to get involved in your specific area. The first time I felt the volunteer crunch was early on in our OneLife Kidz ministry. As Pastor Rodney and I discussed the need, he jokingly told me to “go outside and shake those bushes and see if you can find any.” In case you are wondering, there weren’t any in there. But without a sound strategy that could seem like our best bet!
At OneLife, however, we do have a strategy. We believe the answer is that new volunteers are coming in our doors every week camouflaged as a normal guest. They are moms, dads, and kids. They are friends, relatives, and co-workers. They park their cars here every week, they drop their kids off at OneLife Kidz, and they enjoy the service. They only attend the service, but they do want to know more people. Truthfully, they may want to be more involved, but just don’t know how to do that.
They all look different, but they are all waiting on one thing – an invitation. Not just an invitation from Pastor Rodney, though it certainly is a great start. They are waiting for an invite from someone they know or they may want to know. The easiest way to find more volunteers is for our current volunteers to talk to their friends and family who attend about volunteering or develop a new relationship and share what a life-changer it was for you to get involved. A relationship plus an invite will always equal at least an interest!
So that is where all our volunteers are! They are walking by us every Sunday looking to connect. They just need to be invited! So share your volunteer experience with someone and invite them to serve with you!
And if you get desperate, I can always go check the bushes.