A Better Way to Recruit and Retain Volunteers

Church leaders can find and keep volunteers--they just need to re-think their approach.

Every church needs more workers. And often, some workers feel frustrated and probably aren't in the right area. How exactly does a church find the right people for the right positions?

BuildingChurchLeaders.com asked Bruce Bugbee, president of Network Ministries International (www.networkministries.com) and coauthor of Network: The Right People in the Right Places for the Right Reasons (Zondervan).

Building Church Leaders: Every church has certain essential ministries, such as nursery and Sunday school. What do you do when you can't get enough people for those?

Bugbee: There's a difference between a "unique contribution" and a "community contribution."

While each of us has a unique contribution to make that reflects our passions, gifts, and style, all of us are able to make what I call a community contribution. I can usher; I can work in the nursery; I can push a vacuum. That is about servanthood. A person may not be gifted to work in the nursery every week for a year, but he or she can ...

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