Build a strong AVL team with these tips for recruiting church tech volunteers.
If you're a church leader that is involved with Sunday service programming, you know how important it is to have a strong team of volunteers to help with the various roles in your church. But what if you're having trouble recruiting people to fill the vital role of church tech?
Here are some ideas to get you started.
10 Ideas For Recruiting Church Tech Volunteers
1. Clearly state the expectations.
When people volunteer for a role in the church, they need to know what is expected of them. This is especially true for church tech volunteers. When you take the time to lay out exactly what their role will entail, they can make an informed decision about whether or not they're up for the task. If they know what's expected, they're more likely to be successful in their role. And when volunteers are successful, they're more likely to stay in their role and continue to be a valuable asset to your church.
2. Offer training and support.
One of the biggest deterrents for potential AVL volunteers is the fear of not being able to do the job correctly. You can help alleviate this concern by offering training and support. When people know that they will have resources available to them, they're more likely to feel confident in their ability to succeed. And when people feel confident, they're more likely to take on new challenges — like volunteering for church tech.
One really strategic way is to utilize automation tools like TextInChurch.com where you can set-up a series of emails, videos, and text messages that are sent over time whenever someone signs-up to serve. This way, you can provide an intentional series of introductory overviews of various responsibilities or tips, as well as encouragement. You can help set the culture consistently with all of your volunteers by establishing core values and reinforcing why their contribution matters. Leaving it up to ad-hoc support doesn't ensure consistency for your volunteers' experience.
3. Make it easy to get started.
Many people want to help out but don't know where to start. When you make it easy for them to get started, you remove one barrier that might be keeping them from volunteering. For example, you could create a simple form that they can fill out with their contact information and areas of interest. Or you could create an online sign-up process that allows them to sign up for specific tasks or roles within the church tech team. By making it easy for people to get started, you'll be surprised at how many are willing to help out.
4. Ask for referrals from current volunteers.
Current volunteers are one of your best resources for recruiting new volunteers. They already know what's involved in the role and can give potential candidates an insider's view of what it's like to be a part of the church tech team. Ask your current volunteers if they know anyone who might be interested in joining the team – you might be surprised at how many people they refer. You can even host a volunteer team BBQ or other social event and make sure your current volunteers invite a friend (potential volunteer prospect!) to join you. The more volunteers someone gets to know, the more likely they will join in on the fun themselves.
5. Utilize your church website.
Your church website is another great place to reach out to potential volunteers. Ask your web team to create a page specifically for recruitment. This page can include information about the role of church tech, the expectations, and how to get started. By utilizing your church website, you'll be able to reach a wider audience and potentially recruit more volunteers. Make sure to provide testimonials from your current volunteers as well as overviews of various roles that are available — and what's involved, including minimal time commitment needed, etc.
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6. Utilize social media.
Social media is a great way to reach out to potential volunteers. Create a post or an event on Facebook or Twitter and let people know that you're looking for church tech volunteers. You can even create a hashtag to make it easy for people to find your call for volunteers. Utilize social media to your advantage, and you'll be surprised at how many people you reach.
7. Utilize your church bulletin.
Your church bulletin is another great place to reach out to potential volunteers. Ask your bulletin team to create an announcement specifically for recruitment. This announcement can include information about the role of church tech, the expectations, and how to get started. You might consider creating a “job openings” or “help wanted” section and list blurbs of the various roles that are needed. Help people imagine how they might use their gifts and talents in ways they never thought could be used to help out at church.
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8. Speak from the pulpit.
If you're having trouble recruiting volunteers, ask your pastor to speak about it from the pulpit. This is a great way to reach out to potential volunteers who might not be aware of the need. By speaking from the pulpit, you'll be able to reach a wider audience and potentially recruit more volunteers. Many times outsiders think everything is covered and taken care of. But articulating that people who aren't serving would be not only appreciated but critical to helping make church happen can activate new volunteers that might never have considered it before.
9. Host a church tech open house.
If you're having trouble recruiting volunteers, consider creating an “open house” Sunday. A way for people to “ride along” and just observe what happens behind the scenes to make Sunday's work. This is a great way to reach out to potential volunteers and give them more information about what's involved in the role. Make it a fun way to show off what all the different volunteers actually do to contribute to a dynamic worship service. One hook might be to offer a sneak peek at a potential new skill that people can learn in a very nurturing environment — like handling a video camera or managing lights, learning how to run the sound board, etc. You can use this opportunity to answer any questions that they might have and help them decide if volunteering for church tech is right for them.Pro tip for AVL volunteer recruitment: create an “open house” or “backstage pass” Sunday where interested attendees can check out what happens behind the scenes. Click To Tweet
10. Give thanks and make them VIP's.
Finally, don't forget to give thanks to your volunteers! Volunteers are a vital part of any church tech team, and they deserve to be appreciated. Show your appreciation by giving them a sincere thank you. You can also show your appreciation by providing high-quality swag for the roadies team, the media team, the camera crew, etc. Giving them a clear identity as a team at church can develop a clear sense of purpose and healthy pride in the act of service. Church can't happen without volunteers. The side benefit is that by making them highly visible at church, it provides more opportunities for others to consider joining the team.
By following these creative ways to expose volunteering at your church, you'll be well on your way to recruiting church tech volunteers. So get out there and start recruiting! With a little effort, you'll be surprised at how many people are willing to help out.