Volunteers are a crucial part of any ministry. They bring passion and gifts to share. If you have volunteers that love what they are doing, and who are serving with their God given-gifts, it will be contagious to other adults who might be on the fence or apprehensive about volunteering. Happy volunteers recruit without asking them to do anything. If they love what they do, they will want others to be a part of it.
If you want people to volunteer, you must know what you need and why you need it. Most people do not respond to being asked to simply “come hang out with the youth” (though if they are on the fence it is a great idea to invite them to come join you all one night). They need to be inspired and have the feeling that they are needed, as well as knowing specifically what their job will be.
Volunteer job descriptions are important for communicating the responsibilities and clear expectations of your various volunteer needs. For someone to give of their time, they need to understand the commitment, know what skills it takes to accomplish the need, and acknowledge how much time is expected.
To help, we’ve created two downloadable tools for you:
We hope these tools help you in your recruitment efforts and organization logistics of volunteers in your ministry. Let us know in the comment how they’ve helped you!
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]