What are the Key Steps Needed to Build an Army of Volunteers in Your Church? Part Three

With the new year almost upon us 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 to beg someone to fill the empty positions?

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, do you have 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 needed to develop a strong army of volunteers in your church?

The last two weeks we considered four key ingredients to help you build your army of volunteers. Today we will discuss the last two key ingredients I recommend.


Do you make it a habit to encourage them as they serve?

Surely they will have times where they are tempted to be discouraged and feel defeated.

What are you doing about those times?

How are you helping them?


How do you continue to support them?

Do you have a process to provide continuing education and training?

As your ministries grow and develop how will they grow with it?

How will you help your staff meet the new challenges of a growing or changing ministry?

How will you determine if the person and the position are no longer compatible?

Sometimes the ministry outgrows the person and sometimes it is the other way around.

Do you have a plan in place to address that situation?

Let me urge you to design your own customized process to help your staff develop, both paid and volunteer. I don’t want to be plugged into a ministry that isn’t a good fit and I can’t imagine you do either. Let’s give the same consideration to those that serve under our care.

Below are resources designed to help you engineer your own customized system. Give me a call if you need help designing a process for assimilating your congregation into the ministries of your church. I’ll be happy to help.


Online Training Video Series:

How to Develop Volunteers for Every Ministry in Your Church

Evaluation Software:

Place Ministries

Assess Me

Aim Ministry

Evaluation Tools with links to amazon:

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 George

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 Ministry Design Coach
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Equipping & Encouraging Pastors and Ministry Leaders 
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