With the new year quickly approaching do you have an established and proven process for developing an army of volunteers to serve in every ministry in your church? Are you preparing people to serve way ahead of time or are you waiting to the last minute and then begging someone to fill the empty position? Are you working a handful of people to death because you don’t have enough volunteers to fill the needs of each ministry in your church? Would you like to start a new ministry in 2016 but can’t because your volunteer pool is too shallow?
I believe this is a common problem. Let me ask you, is about 20% of your congregation doing 80% of the work? If so your ministry is normal because that seems to be the national average. A whole book was written about this problem. Click here to get your copy. What would you say are the essential ingredients and key steps needed to develop a strong army of volunteers in your church? In the following weeks we are going to take a look at the key steps needed to create your customized volunteer development process. Today we will consider just one.
How do you learn about the people in your congregation and discern how they are best suited to serve so you avoid plugging them into a ministry where they won’t fit? You can use a number of tools to evaluate their SHAPE. Rick Warren used this acrostic to explain how people are put together.
You can take advantage of online tools like Place Ministries, Assess Me or my favorite, Aim Ministry, to help you discern how people are packaged and prepared to serve. Any number of books can help you evaluate your congregation. Our Book Resource section is full of books for you to analyze before purchasing. A number of examples are at the end of this email. Along with the evaluation tools and book resources we have prepared a video series to help you create your volunteer development process. Click Here to learn about it.
Having said all of this there is no tool or resource or training video that can take the place of your dependence on God through prayer, your walk with Him and His discernment about the people He has brought into your congregation.
The resources below are provided to help you sort out how to develop your process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have need.
P.S. Your process should include a background check procedure to screen volunteers before they begin to serve. There are any number of companies available to serve your church in this way.
Online Training Video Series:
S.H.A.P.E. by Erik Rees
Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath & Barry Conchie
Personality Type and Religious Leadership by Roy Oswald and Otto Kroeger
Protege by Steve & Cheri Saccone & Mark Batterson
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
No More Mondays by Dan Miller
Living Your Strengths by Albert Winseman, Donald Olifton & Curt Liesveld
Live Your Passion, Tell Your Story, Change the World by Rob Reccord & Randy Singer
Maximizing Your Effectiveness by Aubrey Malphurs & Carl GeorgeMarshall Shannon Ministry Design Coach Pre-Construction Navigator www.MinistryDesignConcepts.com www.MinistryDesignTraining.com Equipping & Encouraging Pastors and Ministry Leaders www.jhbatten.com Creating Facility Design Solutions