What Gets Rewarded, Gets Repeated (Part 2) – Casting a Vision for Volunteers

If you find yourself lacking in a certain area inside of your Church…if you find yourself having to give energy to a certain area inside your Church, it may mean that you’ve not been celebrating that area. Because people will do, people will take next steps toward, and people will act on that which you celebrate.

Let’s say, for example, that you need more volunteers in the children’s area.  Now, first of all, if you’ve listened to my Ministry Seminar or if you have read my book “Connect,” you know in the ministry system you never “need” volunteers.  If you’re running ads that say, “We ‘need’ volunteers,” all that’s telling you is, “You haven’t cast a vision for that area.”

People are attracted to vision. They’re not attracted to need.

Part of vision is to celebrate what’s happening in that area and then invite people to be a part of what God is doing in that area. Let’s say you have an opportunity for people to serve in the kid’s area. One of the things that you can do to highlight that area is to look for ways to celebrate what God is doing in that area. Let me tell you a couple of ways you might do this.

We had a membership class a few weeks ago, and one of our primary sources for volunteers in the kids’ area is people who go through membership class.

Why?  Because one of the things we take time to do in membership class is to celebrate what God has been doing in the kid’s ministry. The way you celebrate is you share statistics about how the kids area is growing. I’m sharing stats about how lives are being changed. How last month, we gave away X number of children’s Bible’s, because of all the children that are coming to the Journey Kids area that don’t have Bibles.  Then I share a story about someone whose life was changed through that ministry.

Now, when you’re sharing and celebrating, you not only want to celebrate through numbers, but you also want to celebrate through people. Most of us tend to go one way or another.

If you’re very people-oriented, and you like to share stories, you’re probably missing out on the engineers, and the accountants, and the numbers-oriented people who need the numbers.

If you’re only doing numbers, you’re missing out on everybody else who relates to stories. You really want to do a combination of both.

In one membership class, I shared a story and we celebrated what God was doing in the kid’s area. Then I gave those who were interested an opportunity to get signed-up to serve in the kid’s area.

Out of a membership class of 50-60 people, we added seven new volunteers in our children’s area.

Because that which you celebrate draws people, attracts people, excites people, mobilizes people, and recruits people through celebration.

To learn other ways to use this idea in other areas of your ministry, Click Here to listen to my complete podcast, “What Gets Rewarded, Gets Repeated.”

Your Partner in Ministry,



P.S.  What would you do differently if you had the maximum number of volunteers serving in ministry?  What impact could your church have if everyone was serving somewhere in your church?

In the Ministry Seminar, I will teach you how to have the maximum number of people involved in serving.

You will learn:

  •  How to create a culture that attracts volunteers
  •  How to have an abundance of volunteers, and not just the minimum needed
  •  How to recruit new volunteers
  •  How to double your volunteers in a day
  •  How to grow your volunteers
  •  How to (really) delegate
  •  How to treat volunteers (it’s not the way you think)
  •  How to “fire” a volunteer
  •  How to train volunteers (and how not to over-train them)
  •  How to keep volunteers motivated
  •  How to recruit volunteers in areas “where no one wants to serve”
  •  How to appropriately celebrate volunteers so they can’t wait to do it again

Click here to pick up your copy of the Ministry Seminar at HALF OFF (available only through July 31st!).

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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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