What does your dream scenario look like?
How many volunteers would you have? How would they be managed? Where would they be serving in your church? How would they be rotating? Who would be in charge of recruiting more volunteers?
Now, being honest with yourself, are you exhausted? Do you have any hope for your volunteer program or have you resigned yourself to just accept it as is?
Our team at Church Fuel is built with the sole purpose of serving the church and pastors. Collectively we have decades of experience serving in the local church as pastors, volunteers, and leaders. We’ve spent hundreds of hours building out dozens of resources to help pastors like you.
Why reinvent the wheel, when you can lean on the learnings and expertise of others?
We all know the feeling of waking up and getting a text from another volunteer saying something to the effect of, it’s not you, it’s me. Or “I just need a break.” It’s gut wrenching. It is just plain hard. The temporary despair at yet another setback can suck the wind right out of your sails.
We’ve seen it happen more times than we can count.
It was in these moments that the beginnings of this particular resource came to light. It was little moments and text messages like that which allowed us to make a change. To discover a volunteer system that doesn’t rely on burning people out to succeed. It’s not a short fuse that leads people to “taking a break.”
It’s systematic, intentional and repeatable. We’ve had churches that have used this program and ended up with TOO MANY volunteers. We didn’t even know that was a thing. Turns out you can have too many volunteers.
A practical process can open doors you didn’t even know were there.
Here’s what volunteers won’t tell you…
Often, volunteers can’t tell you why or how they’re getting burned out. But we can.
This is especially true in smaller churches. There are some people in your church that are gungho about the mission and vision. They are 100% on board with everything you church is doing so they dive in head first. They’ll jump at any opportunity you offer for them to help.
The problem starts when you both fail to realize that you cannot continue to ask from them. They offer to help, you ask, it’s an unending cycle. Over and over and over again. They want to help so they give until they can give no more.
That’s thoughtful, and probably helpful for you, but it is NOT sustainable and it WILL lead to burnout one way or another.
Pastors rarely say, “ENOUGH,” or, “why don’t you take a break,” or “let’s try some new faces.” What if you created repeatable systems that lean on a wide variety of people to succeed, not the same old faces (as great as they undoubtedly are)?
Like it or not, you are likely putting an undue amount of pressure on a few key volunteers.
It isn’t sustainable.
It’s okay to be nervous. You don’t have any other people to rely on right now.
What can you do to change it?
Most pastors take that burden upon themselves. They hold a meeting, they badger their staff, or make a small announcement about it. So you’ve tried those and it didn’t work, now what?
Doubt creeps in.
No one wants to help
Do we have enough people in the church to even consider asking for more volunteers?
How do I get people more involved?
Bad news. One of our biggest worries as a church is that people aren’t engaging or even coming. It’s a real worry. Your messages are great, but things don’t quite seem to be happening like you thought or hoped or dreamed.
This is an inflection point where people give up. It is what it is. God giveth and taketh.
That’s true, God is ultimately in control. But, what if there was more you could do? What if God has equipped you for this moment, but you need the help of others to unlock what it is God has in store? What if your visions and dreams are still possible, but it looks different than you expected? Are you open to what God wants to do in your ministry when it doesn’t look like you hope?
How are we supposed to recruit and train more volunteers when no one has really ever taught us how to do it? You can undoubtedly find some ideas on Google and other sites, but isn’t there a better way?
There is and we’ve used it in our churches and we’ve seen other pastors around the country have immense success with the same program. We can help you change your volunteer program from barely there to thriving.
You’ll be amazed at the results:
- Less volunteers burning out
- More people asking to be involved in serving
- Setting yourself up for success because you have intentional, repeatable processes in place
We’ve tested and shared this course with hundreds of pastors already. We packaged up all the insights and lessons from years of hands-on ministry experience.
We’re ready to share it with you and it’s on sale until the end of the day