Most of our churches follow the school calendar, which means a new year is right around the corner. The first part of that process is recruiting volunteers–hopefully we’re all done with that part. We had great success this year with recruiting new volunteers and getting recommitments from existing volunteers. Don’t get me wrong, we still have spots to fill but we are very thankful for the number of great leaders that we have. If you’re struggling with recruiting or would just like to hear what we did, I’d love to share details. You can email me or tweet me @Pastor_MattMo
The second part of the process is much more fun. This is the time of year when we get to lead, inspire, and train our volunteers. We are gearing up for a huge volunteer training event next week. For those that joined the FellowShip Kids “TEAM”, they will get to take part in a huge pep rally style training event. We will meet for a general session with all volunteers from nursery up to 6th grade. This will give us the chance to introduce some across-the-board policies and also to cast a vision for the entire FellowShip Kids ministry.
Following this session, we will break out into volunteer assignments by age group–preschool, 1st thru 4th Grade, 5th & 6th Grade, Surf Shack, Greeters. Each staff member will get the chance to cast a vision for their specific area to those that have commited to serve in that area. I have 80-90 volunteers who have committed to serving 1 year or 2 years with preteens. I have a lot that I want to say, but I’m working to narrow it down to the “irreducible minimum.” So, I need your help. Here are a few questions:
If you were volunteering to work with preteens for 1 year, what would be the most helpful thing to hear/know/have?
If you’re a leader, what is the most important thing that you tell your volunteers that work with upper elementary or middle school students?
If you grew up attending church, who was the most significant teacher/mentor that you ever had and what made them significant?
Comment below with your responses or send me a tweet with your ideas.