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About 60.8 million people volunteered through or for an organization at least once between September 2006 and September 2007 according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. Believe it or not there are millions of people out there eager to volunteer their time. So how do we attract these people? Here are a few things that I found to be very effective over the years.

  1. Make it simple.
    Make the application process simple for those wanting to be a volunteer. Still needs to be thorough, but it doesn’t have to be a complicated drawn out process. We recently used a one sided interest card in our worship guide for people to put their basic info and choose which area they would like to be involved with and then had them complete a more in depth application at an orientation meeting.
  2. Give them options.
    People love options. When it comes to youth ministry most people think you have to be cool and young in order to be involved. If you provide a list of the different areas where people can serve they will see that there are a lot of practical areas for volunteers to serve in. Prayer ministry is a great example of something anyone can do. It’s also a good idea to give them options on how often they serve.
  3. Keep them informed.
    Make sure your potential volunteers know what they are getting themselves into. Create an entry level manual and basic job descriptions. Once they get plugged in be sure they stay up to speed about what is going on in the youth ministry. It’s a good idea at some point to have someone verbally go over written material with your potential volunteer, never assume that they will read the manual.
  4. Cast the vision.
    Be excited about what God is doing in your youth ministry. People want to be a part of something that is exciting, healthy, and is making an impact. Share what God has in store for the youth ministry. Create a buzz in your church about what is going on in the youth ministry. Vision is a magnet for great volunteers.
  5. Produce Results.
    If your youth ministry is not producing fruit your volunteers will not be sticking around for long. Capture what you are doing on video so that others can see the results of what has been going on. Everyone wants to be on a winning team.

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