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!
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.