Recipe for Recruitment

August 4, 2009 by admin  
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Phoning(Written by Ken Johnson) I once received the compliment, “You are the best recruiter we have ever had.”  I honestly was pretty surprised about that statement.  I didn’t believe I did anything particularly revolutionary…or do I?  As I thought about it, perhaps I do things a little differently.  To begin, remember the three R’s of recruiting: Relationships, Right fit, and Rhythm.

Relationship. I always seek to recruit out of relationship.  Truly, all of ministry is relationship, but recruiting especially so.  I know that in order to have an effective ministry I need to be in relationship with every person who works directly under me.  This will vary for each person and each ministry dependent upon size and structure.  Large programs (over 200 volunteers) will require leaders to be in relationship with key leaders.  Small programs (under 100 volunteers) will allow the leader to be in contact with every person.

In my current setting, my program is just the right size to be able to have an adequate relationship with each person who serves in my ministry.  I know each person’s name, family background, and ministry area.  For some I even know hobbies, joys, and past experiences.  This is invaluable as I seek to either affirm what they are doing or recruit them to move into a new area of ministry.  Without that relationship, I am either a voice on the phone or a face up front making an announcement.  With that relationship, I am a person who cares about them and their real felt needs.

As my program expands, the direct relationships will be strained.  My focus will have to shift from my direct volunteers (i.e. Sunday School teachers) to my immediate volunteers (i.e. service coordinators).  These people will then pass on the relationship to those who serve under them.  They will be required to know every person in the same capacity I currently do.  The relationships that they develop will empower them in recruiting their current volunteers.

This works great for those who already work underneath you, but what do you do when you are seeking to recruit a new volunteer?  The key again is relationship.  The more you know about the person you are seeking to recruit, the more effective you’ll be.  Getting to know that person’s dreams, excitements, joys, family, etc. will help you because then they feel like they are being recruited by a friend, rather than a position or an office.  The closer the relationship, the easier it can be to recruit.

Right Fit. The second factor in recruiting is the “Right Fit.”  As you recruit the person, always recruit to their strengths.  Out of the relationship you have developed with this person, remember what their joys and excitements are.  Find a spot that excites them.  The more excited they are about what they are doing, the more they will fit into the right spot and the more they will stay for a long time.

One of the biggest fallacies of recruitment is recruiting to the wrong position.  Wonderful Christ-like servants will volunteer because of a need but not because they are passionate about what they are doing.  They become band-aids for a hole instead of a committed volunteer.

Whenever you recruit have clear expectations and job descriptions so that the volunteer will know what they are getting into prior to getting into it.  This will also help to insure the right fit because they’ll know that they are getting into something designed for them that they’ll enjoy.

Rhythm. The final aspect of recruiting is to give the volunteers a good pace to work with as they move into this new ministry.  Don’t throw the volunteers to the lions!  Whenever I am trying to recruit a new volunteer, I will give them some time to try things out prior to putting them in leadership.  This might consist of learning under someone for some time, it might consist of just visiting the program, or it might consist of spending time praying about becoming a volunteer prior to jumping in.

This slow process will help a volunteer to know that they have time to move into the role that they are assuming rather than just being thrown in the first week they say they are interested.  This is a very respectful way of recruiting which will help the volunteers to know that they are loved and cared for.  The easier the transition, the more likely they are to stick around in the long run and make a real commitment to long-term ministry.

Once you have recruited some key volunteers, do not forget to find ways to sustain their hearts and spirits.  Encourage them constantly!  Write notes, make phone calls, and remember birthdates.  Anything you can do to continue to build the relationship you have with the volunteer will help them to want to stay.  They’ll know that they are loved and cared for.  The better the volunteer feels about what he or she is doing, the more that person will want to stick around (and even do recruiting for you).

I was once told I was a good recruiter, perhaps that is so.  Truly, I am good at building relationships, finding the right spot for the volunteer, slowly working them into the program, and continue to encourage that person in what they are doing.  It results in good recruiting because people will want to work in a place where they know that their leader knows them and wants to be with them.

Ken Johnson is currently Director of Children’s Ministries at Campus Bible Church of Fresno, California.

Sword Drill: Trials

May 14, 2009 by admin  
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1 Peter 4:12  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

James 1:2-3  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Acts 14:21-22  They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

1 Peter 1:7  These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

1 Thessalonians 3:2-3  We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker[a]in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.

2 Corinthians 8:2  Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

Hebrews 11:36  Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.

FINAL ROUND:  2 Peter 2:9  ….if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.

Sword Drill: Missions

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Psalm 2:8. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

Isaiah 61:1-2. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn.

Matthew 28:19-20. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Luke 14:23. Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full.

Acts 1:8. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Romans 1:14. I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.

3 John 7-8. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.

FINAL ROUND: Acts 13:47. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’

Sword Drill: Christian Identity

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Deuteronomy 14:2 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

Isaiah 63:16 But you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us; you, O LORD, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

2 Corinthians 6:18 I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

Romans 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Hebrews 2:11 Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household,

FINAL ROUND: Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

Sword Drill: Trials

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

Acts 14:21-22 They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

1 Peter 1:7 These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

I Thessalonians 3:2-3 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God’s fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.

2 Corinthians 8:2 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

Hebrews 11:36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.

FINAL ROUND: 2 Peter 2:9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.

Sword Drill: Strength

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Joshua 1:9. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Deuteronomy 31:6. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you..

1 Corinthians 12:10. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Kings 2:2. I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, show yourself a man,

Psalm 89:13. Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

Luke 1:80. And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.

Romans 15:1. We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

FINAL ROUND: Song of Solomon 8:6. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.

Sword Drill: Holiness

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Exodus 20:8. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

1 Thessalonians 5:26. Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

Psalm 24:3.   Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?

Luke 1:70. ..as he said through his holy prophets of long ago…

1 Peter 1:16. ….for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’.

Isaiah 62:12. They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.

Acts 7:33. Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off your sandals; the place where you are standing is holy ground.

FINAL ROUND: Ephesians 4:24. ..and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Sword Drill: Action

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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1 Peter 1:13. Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Proverbs 20:11. Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.

James 1:25. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

Matthew 7:21. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

Luke 6:47. I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.

Romans 2:13. For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.

1 John 2;17. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

FINAL ROUND: Esther 4:14. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Sword Drill: Temptation

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Psalm 95:8. ….do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert

Matthew 6:13. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Luke 22:40. On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’

Mark 1:12. At once the Spirit sent him out into the desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan.

Matthew 26:41. Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

1 Timothy 6:9. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.

Luke 22:46. ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.’

FINAL ROUND: 1 Corinthians 10:13. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Sword Drill: Repentance

May 9, 2009 by admin  
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Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”

Isaiah 59:20 “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,” declares the LORD.”

1 Kings 8:47 “…and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their conquerors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’”

2 Chronicles 32:26 “Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.”

Mark 6:12 “They went out and preached that people should repent.”

Job 42:6 “Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Ezekiel 18:30 “Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.”

FINAL ROUND:

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

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