5 Keys to Successful KidMin Recruiting
by Greg Baird
Greg Baird shares his best ideas for effectively recruiting more children’s volunteers.
- Know your needs based on your mission. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been working with a leader who couldn’t tell me, on the spot, exactly what their needs are. Based on what you are trying to accomplish, the program you’re developing, etc., define what the roles are. Create ministry descriptions. Know how people will work together. Know what you need to fit the position you have.
- Create multiple positions to meet everyone’s time, talent, & preferences. Somewhat opposite to #1, I will find a place for everyone who wants to serve. If they don’t exactly fit a need, that’s OK…I will create a role for them. Oftentimes, I’ve found that, once someone gets involved, they fall into one of the more defined roles I have. But if they don’t at the beginning, that’s not going to stop me from getting them on the team.
- “Build it and they will come!” What is “it”? VISION! People follow vision, so while defining roles and understanding your needs is critical, you don’t lead with that. Lead with vision, which means you need to have one, a compelling one, and you need to be able to clearly articulate it quickly. Can you?
- Build relationships first. I use this little acronym to help me remember that the process is first about relationships, then about recruiting:
- Relish the opportunity to lead
- Establish relationships for the sake of relationships, not recruiting
- Learn about people – personalities, learning styles, etc. – & apply it to building relationships
- Accept individuals as individuals, don’t force them into a box
- Talk first about vision, not position
- Enlist people because you know them well enough to know their heart
- Ask!! The #1 barrier to recruiting is the failure to ask. Folks, if you want to get people on your team, you’ve got to ask them to be on your team.