2 Methods to Mobilize New Volunteers in Your Church

I’ve now been in ministry over two decades, coached more than 1,200 pastors and connected with tens of thousands through the ministry of Church Leader Insights and there’s one phrase I don’t think I’ve ever heard…

We just have too many volunteers!

No, the work we do as church leaders will always involve willing volunteers to do the work of ministry so we can focus our efforts on equipping them to do so.

A clear theology of ministry is the starting point for a healthy Ministry System.

That entails an understanding that the Bible teaches that every member should be a minister and that serving is a key catalyst for spiritual growth.

Once you understand that, you need to create something that I call “First Serve Opportunities.”

In terms of your Ministry System, these are clear “on-ramps” for people to get their first taste of serving and it serves to quickly expand your volunteers.

Here are two ways to mobilize new people to serve in your church:

1) Increase the number of new people in current ministry positions.

In other words, this means getting more people plugged into the volunteer roles that already exist.

2) Recruit new people to new ministry positions.

This is the fun part – sitting down and getting creative about some new opportunities for people to serve in your church.

By implementing both of these methods and casting a vision for how those roles impact the mission of your church, you can quickly see an increase in the number of new volunteers (and the number of growing disciples)!

P.S. This is just one of the many proven principles of a healthy Ministry System that I share in my brand new book (available on Amazon), “Connect: How to Double Your Number of Volunteers.”

Click here to order your copy.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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