7 Keys To Recruiting Successful Volunteers

One church shares it's values that helped them developed a remarkable team of volunteers

Phil Cooke  ·  March 14, 2017

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We also have a great process at our church to help connect people with their God given purpose in how they can serve in the church. The key was taking advantage of every opportunity and making recruiting the priority.

3) What’s the single greatest secret for recruiting volunteers?

I think the secret is understanding that you’re trying to give to people and not take from people. As a leader you are looking to serve others by helping them connect to THEIR destiny of serving God in THEIR God given purpose, not to your destiny or your purpose.

That means that if they have a gift that’s better suited somewhere else on another team then you have the joy of helping them connect there so they can flourish in that. Philippians 4:2-3 tells us to not do anything from a selfish motivation but to value others more than we do ourselves by looking to fill the needs of others. While we do that we know that we can trust God to supply all our needs as Paul points out at the end of Philippians.

God will be faithful to send us the people we need. We should be faithful to serve those God has entrusted to us. That takes all the pressure off when we live by faith in God’s provision for our needs.

4) How do you keep volunteers motivated?

Vision is the most important motivator. Without vision Proverbs tells us that people perish. Without vision there is no progression towards life in the team there is a progression towards death and your team will consistently shrink over time. Vision is simply revealing the God given purpose of the team. It’s the why behind what you are doing.

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Phil Cooke
An internationally known writer and speaker, Phil Cooke has actually produced media programming in nearly 50 countries around the world. In the process, has been shot at, survived two military coups, fallen out of a helicopter, and in Africa, been threatened with prison. And during that time – through his company Cooke Pictures in Burbank, California – he’s helped some of the largest nonprofit organizations and leaders in the world use the media to tell their story in a changing, disrupted culture.
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