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.