As a youth pastor the biggest thing I learned early on in ministry is that I can’t do this alone. It is so vital as a ministry leader to recruit, develop and retain high quality talent to come alongside you and help minister to the students God has intrusted to you.
However, we all know how difficult it is to recruit high quality volunteers.
In our youth ministry, called SWITCH, we currently have a goal to recruit, develop and retain 100 adult volunteer leaders. There are several different things we are doing to try and make this happen, but one of the biggest tools I’ve found that has worked is what I call the 24 hour turn around.
When someone shows interest in your ministy is is VITAL that you follow-up with them within a 24 hour period. Strike while the iron is hot. Capture the momentum of thier decision as quickly as you can. Call, e-mail, write a letter, send smoke signals… do whatever you can to communicate with them.
You’ll be suprised how quickly your volunteer team will grow when you adopt this method. Ask me how I know.