Do you know the one thing I have never heard anyone say in church? "I don't need more volunteers."
The problem is, very few teams even know how many volunteers it truly takes to run a weekend. Do you know the number of volunteers you need to have a full squad? Seriously, like right now, if you had a full volunteer team in your area, how many people does that require?
We have to not only know the number; we have to own the number. This number is valuable because every person that serves, is positioned to find the two things every person looks for that enters your church: Purpose and Community.
Now that you have realized your matrix is not full, what do you do to solve this problem? There are three ways to recruit new members to your team. All are necessary, but one is more valuable than the others.
Option 1 - All Skate
This is necessary, but the least effective way to recruit volunteers. You find some gems, but also a lot of people who should serve on other teams. This method is where we do an "all call" and sign up as many people to volunteer for the church as possible, as fast as possible.
Option 2 - Tap on the Shoulder
You walk through the lobby, you see someone cool, who looks like they would fit on your team, and you introduce yourself. Shortly thereafter, you invite them to join the team with you. This method works, even if it's not ideal, but it is more effective than the "All Skate."
Option 3 - Join Me
The gold standard of recruitment.
You go to the 10-20 percent of your team, the best of the best, and you call these leaders to the next level of leadership.
Because they have done so well, you invite them to find one person over the course of the next three weeks, to ask someone to come and serve with them. The magic about this method is effortless - great people who are invested, inviting their high capacity friends (likely from a small group or community) to serve with them, instantly building depth in the community that is developed on the team.
People leave people, they don't leave organizations, and when our best members of your team invite their best to serve with them, even if they get tired, the enjoyment of serving with people they are in community with, helps our teams blossom.
Further, how awesome would it be if you could grow your team by 10-20 percent in the next three weeks?
As you use each of these three methods, you start to fill your matrix, develop amazing teams, and serve your church more effectively than you have ever done in the past.
If I can help you with this premise, and the idea of moving this into a leadership pipeline, don't hesitate to reach out. And don't forget to value your volunteers this weekend.
People are our most valuable resource and responsibility and we must steward them well. Keep leading with grace.