One of the Worst Recruiting Strategies

July 18, 2012 — 1 Comment

I have a few pet peeves about recruiting for Children’s Ministry but one that ranks up at the top of the list is when leaders say they need to “fill holes”.  Every time I hear that, I get chills up spine.  Think about it.  What message do you think that philosophy sends about a ministry to a prospective volunteer?  I don’t serve, I just filled a hole.

I believe that the way in which a volunteer is recruited is directly related to the way that they serve.  If someone is recruited by a leader who shares the vision and mission of a ministry, that volunteer’s potential is unlimited.  They will have a vested interest in the ministry and are more likely to serve longer and take on more leadership roles.  If someone is recruited to “fill a hole”, they will likely not even know or care about where the ministry is going and are likely to serve a much shorter time.

Let’s show potential volunteers how passionate we are about what we do and recruit them as a ministry partner, not a “hole-filler”.


Trackbacks and Pingbacks:

  1. Fear of the Ask–What keeps YOU from inviting people into ministry? | KidMinspiration - August 22, 2012

    […] For some, recruiting comes naturally.  (Just for the record, that is not me!)  They love interacting with people and sharing about their ministry just rolls off their tongues.  They are able to clearly communicate and cast vision for their ministry.  Some recruit to tasks, although this is a no-no in my opinion.  (You can read about that in a previous post.) […]


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