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Keller on How Church Size Impacts Volunteer Recruitment

Keller on How Church Size Impacts Volunteer Recruitment

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Tim Keller:

“The larger the church, the harder it is to recruit volunteers and thus a more well-organized volunteer recruitment process is required. Why is this so? First, the larger the church, the more likely it is that someone you don’t know well will try to recruit you. It is much easier to say no to someone you do not know than to someone you know well. Second, it is easier to feel less personally responsible for the ministries of a large church: “They have lots of people here—they don’t need me.” Therefore, the larger the church, the more well-organized and formal the recruitment of volunteers must be.”

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  1. Sandy Grant

    April 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    So remind us what Keller, or better still, Steve, you yourself think are some solutions!

  2. Steven Kryger

    April 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’m still thinking this through myself.

    However, I think this reminds us of the importance of good systems to understand what skills and passions people have, who has been asked, to needs to be followed up when, etc. As a church grows, this knowledge can’t remain in the heads of a few, but needs to be stored in a system that can be accessed by all.
    I’m also learning that volunteers aren’t recruited via announcements or bulk messaging, but rather through individual conversations.
    What are your thoughts Sandy?

  3. Tom

    April 2, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I think one helpful way forward is to include in the church’ s vision that every member is serving in some area of ministry.  Then it becomes natural to build this into the welcoming/integration process (helping new people find an area to serve) and the church’s metrics (looking at what % of members are serving, who is not serving, how we can suggest/create places for them to serve).

  4. Shane

    April 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

    hey steve, where did you source this? 

  5. Steven Kryger

    April 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Shane, the link to the full article is found at the top of the article.

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