10 Ways to Get Active Church Followers and Volunteers

Running a church is hard work, especially if you’re a start-up. There are a lot of tasks to be done, positions to fill and jobs that need to be done without necessarily splurging on wages.

It is here that volunteering comes in. You make an announcement about it and a lot of people show up. Give it 2 months and you’ve only got half of the number trudging like snails on the job.

That’s a bit of a downer. Right now, you’re worried that the church won’t thrive because the volunteers do not commit as much time and energy as they should to it. Here, are a few tips on how to get volunteers who are engaged and committed to your mission.

1. Be Clear about Volunteer Opportunities

Sometimes, in a bid to not be pushy, we avoid stating the need for something till it choking us. This shouldn’t be in God’s ministry. If the church is in need of volunteers for a programme, the chief minister should state that.

Making announcements aren’t enough. You could put out flyers, banners, videos to inform the public that you’re open to receiving interested individuals. When people see this, they’ll be triggered to deliver service for God’s ministry.

2. Make Signing Up Easy

Volunteering isn’t a full-time job. It shouldn’t require tons of letters, references and a lot of documentation. Volunteers who’ve been identified as productive members of the community should be allowed to begin especially if they’ve proved enthusiastic.

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Keeping people hanging without a response is only going to make them lose interest. Even if you finally get them to volunteer, they may be lethargic about it or have even moved on to better prospects.

3. Conduct a Church Volunteer Interest Survey

Before embarking on a venture, you need to make sure that your partners are in on the game. It’s of no use establishing a volunteer programme when most of your church members are almost always busy and only attend church on weekends.

To help avoid people signing up and not following through; conduct a survey to find out if they’d be willing to put in the time and effort. Organize interviews, tell them why the church needs people to dedicate their time and energy to this, let them air their views and you’ll know what to do. Doing this will help you assess the church and choose only volunteers for programmes that will require their free time.

4. Promote Volunteer Opportunities

Who says all your volunteers must be regular members of your church? God’s house is always open to anyone and you should make it clear that everyone is welcome as long as their intentions are pure and they’re ready to serve. Volunteer opportunities should not be restricted to church members.

Members of the community who drop by or people of other faiths could join in. You can get this to their knowledge by doing adverts, getting church members to go out promoting these opportunities by knocking on doors and distributing flyers or using street shows even.

Widening your net will ensure that the people who turn up are motivated by a firm desire to serve and are not grudgingly obliging you because they attend your church.

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5. Make Volunteering Social

People do not stay long at jobs where they don’t get to laugh or mingle with others once in a while. This applies to volunteering too. The perfect volunteer group is one in which the members see each other as one family. You could get them to interact with one another, play games together, or go on small picnics.

Inviting them to bible study will help foster a spirit of love among them. When people are very comfortable with the people they work with, they dedicate more time and don’t tire easily.

6. Capitalize on weekends and holidays

As noble as the idea of working for God’s church seems, people may have to prioritize work or school over it. So, it is in the best interests of the church and volunteers to go scouting for opportunities during weekends and holidays.

Churches could make announcements of such opportunities as teaching children’s Sunday school, cleaning the church, organizing events to take place during summer holidays to get people to sign up. This will go a long way in convincing the people to join as they can devote their spare time to growing God’s kingdom on earth.

7. Don’t make volunteers cheap labour

No matter how committed a volunteer is to carrying out their duties, they should never be a replacement for paid employment if there’s need for that. Do not exploit your volunteers or make them take on extra jobs. Doing so will make them wane in fervour. They might even decide to opt out or work with less enthusiasm.

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When sorting out activities for volunteers, do not saddle them with jobs that require a professional to handle. This way, you sustain their interest and keep them ever-ready and active.

8. Treating your volunteers with respect

It is every Christian’s duty to subject to authority and do God’s work with fervour. This does not mean that their obedience should be taken for granted. The Lord says in Colossians 4:1 “Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.” Every church leader who wants to kindle the spirit of service in volunteers should imbibe this order.

Do not see your volunteers as slaves who owe you anything. They are simply children of God with the right to be respected. Treating them without respect, bawling orders or simply ordering them about will lead to a drop in their faith and attendance. So, treat volunteers right.

9. Listen to Reviews

Listening to the opinions of church members is a good sign of a worthy minister of God. When people see that their opinions are respected, they would like to identify and work for God through you. This is because through your actions, you have shown them God’s light and have inflamed their hearts with the desire to serve God with all that they have.

10. Gratitude

As much as the people who willingly choose to carry out duties are not paid, there is need for reciprocation. Volunteers should be thanked after each day or session.

A soft treat like water or words of reassurance will gladden the heart of every volunteer. With this, they are reassured that they are doing the right thing and will dedicate themselves more to the mission.

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