Small churches, large churches and mega-churches have this in common: They all need to involve more volunteers and leaders. There are over 100 different churches in our Systems Course, and this is a common struggle.
So here’s a practical idea…
One of the best ways to engage brand new people is to create some brand new volunteer positions. I know you need children’s ministry volunteers. I’m sure you could use some more greeters or small group leaders. But if you’ll create some new and SUPER-SPECIFIC roles, you’ll grab people’s attention.
Instead of saying “We need children’s workers” say “We need an assistant 4th grade small group leader at 11:00.” Instead of saying “We need first impressions volunteers” say “We’re looking for three men to help park cars from 8:30 – 9:00.”
And since new roles attract new people, take some time to create a list of new places where people can serve. The more specific the list can be – the better.
Create a list of new ways people can serve at your church. Then print it in the handout, email it to the entire database or post on social media. Here’s a list to get you started. Just customize and communicate.
30 Ways You Can Serve at Cross Church
- Help in the office during the week.
- Be a part of our Social Media Team.
- Escort first time parents and kids to their classrooms.
- Be a part of a small group that helps our pastor with sermon prep.
- Lead a small group of teenagers. Questions and pizza provided.
- Hand out bulletins as people enter the auditorium
- Wear a neon vest and help park cars.
- Review handouts and newsletters for typos.
- Work from home to prepare craft projects for children.
- Troubleshoot the computerized kid’s check in on Sunday mornings.
- Wear a security shirt and an ear piece and patrol the parking lot.
- Create announcement videos.
- Help curate audio and video content on the web.
- Go through some tech training and work on the tech team.
- Take pictures of special events.
- Provide snacks and drinks for other volunteers.
- Pray for the church service during the church service.
- Join the web team and help keep our website current.
- Help us keep track of data and spreadsheets.
- Rock babies during the church service so parents can go to church.
- Write stories and recaps of events and activities.
- Proofread our bulletin and website.
- Keep our church database updated and clean.
- Help admin our Facebook page.
- Meet with a group of people to help Pastor Chris think through sermon content.
- Serve once a month as a “bouncer” for our student ministry service. Yes, we need bouncers.
- Write notes to people who visit for the first time.
- Pass out door hangers in a specific neighborhood.
- Help a group of people clean up after big events.
- Be a project manager for a one-time project.
Hope this sparks some good ideas to move your church forward.