Recently in a conversation, a Publicity Committee chair in a church told me that she had been told by the Nominating Committee member who recruited her that “all I had to do was hang a few posters.” Of course, she soon discovered there was a lot more to do, or that could be done to be effective.
Many congregation leaders tell me they have problems ﬁnding volunteers. In a recent issue of Board Member, Kelly Felice, a professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver, gave some suggestions which I think are good to follow when trying to recruit volunteers. (Note that I said recruit, not ask. Recruiting is taking time to help a person understand the position and getting to see the contribution they can make to the institution that is important to them. Recruiting takes time. It needs to be started months before the position is to be ﬁlled. ASKING is just trying to get a yes out of someone as quickly as possible.
Here are recommendations for leaders and Nominating Committees:
Being a good recruiter is an important part of making a church work effectively.
Audio Essay Series: Volume 1, Track 10 (MP3, 2:29 minutes)
Author: The Reverend Bill Zelazny
Date of Release: June 23, 2005
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