It's important, especially with new volunteers, to provide
opportunities that are closely aligned with the volunteers'
interests and skills so they don't become quickly overwhelmed or
frustrated. When guys have a winning experience, they'll want to
stay plugged in.
Provide flexible scheduling opportunities. Men will often
avoid committing to serve in children's ministry because they feel
their schedules are already too full. Help your prospective
volunteers understand that you're not asking for a lifelong
agreement signed in blood. Clarify the start and stop dates for any
service you ask guys (or anyone) to do. And keep in mind that as
companies hit by the harsh economy have reduced their staffing
levels, employees are often called upon to complete an increasingly
greater number of duties on a regular basis. And as men spend more
time at work, they're less likely to volunteer their time at
church. To combat this, provide midweek or other flexible volunteer
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According to Stephanie Blackman, a National Service Fellow at
the Corporation for National Service who conducted extensive
research on recruiting male volunteers, the most important thing to
remember is that once you get the ball rolling, it'll pick up
"Consequently, one volunteer can create a ripple effect that may
influence other volunteers," says Blackman. "Through this process,
of course, a volunteer is often changed as well."
Matt Gergeni is the online content editor for
childrensministry.com. He has over 15 years experience as a
children's ministry volunteer and is blessed with three wonderful
daughters and an amazing wife.
The Top Five Reasons to Recruit Male Volunteers
1. Guys provide a different kind of fun to a children's
2. Guys provide positive male role models for kids.
3. Guys provide a different perspective.
4. Guys can help move your ministry forward.
5. Guys bring in more guys.