Saturday, August 23, 2014

Three Attitudes Which Kill Your Children's Ministry . . . It's Too Hard to Get Volunteers

Yesterday I looked at the attitude of, "we tried that before" which can mean the 
"death" of our children's ministries and said; "There may be solid reasons we should not try something we tried before, but there may also be solid reasons for us to give it a try again. Don't 'kill' your children's ministry by making, 'we tried it before' an easy way to dismiss something God may want you to try once again." Today I want to look at another attitude which can kill our children's ministries; the attitude of, "it's too hard to get volunteers".

This attitude is about not wanting to put the time and work into engaging more people so they catch the vision of your children's ministry and join in serving. Yes, it can be difficult to find people who are willing to serve, but if God wants you to do something, He will provide the people you need to do it.

Now, don't get me wrong, if people are not stepping up to get involved as volunteers, it may be wise not to try adding something where you need more volunteers. However; we need to consider a few things before we just "cop out" and just dismiss it because it is too hard to get volunteers; it may be possible God does want you to do this new thing.

So what do we need to do to be on guard for this attitude and what should we think about before saying it is too hard to get volunteers? Consider the following . . .
  • Pray. Yes, I know, once again this seems like a, "no-brainer", but how often do we make decisions without really praying to see what it is God wants you to do . . . or not do?
  • Honestly evaluate why people are not serving. Do you take your volunteers for granted? Do you fail to provide training? Do volunteers feel like they are overloaded when they serve? Why do people not want to serve?
  • Consider how you go about recruiting volunteers. Do you share the vision for the ministry? Do people understand how important your children's ministry is? Do people know how you will support them as they serve?
  • Pray; yes, I know, I already said we can and should pray, but we need to continue to pray - not just "token" pray. Seriously search to see what God wants you to do.
  • Seek input. Ask others who truly care about and are invested in your children's ministry what they think.
  • Pray - when it all boils down, the "opinion" which matters the most is, God's. Seriously seek God's direction until you know what it is He wants you to do.
There may be solid reasons we should not try something new if we can not find volunteers, but there may also be solid reasons for us to give it a try again. Don't "kill" your children's ministry by making, "it's too hard to get volunteers" an easy way to dismiss something God may want you to do in your children's ministry.

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