Helpful Materials on Recruiting and Nurturing Your Volunteers
Recruiting and Nurturing Your Volunteers
A blogpost focusing on 5 effective tasks for recruiting, supporting, nurturing, and appreciating your volunteers.
Blogposts on Volunteers and Volunteering in Children's Ministry
from Group Publishing
Sustainable Children's Ministry by Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom, Chapter 9
10 Seismic Shifts
from The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer
- Family Dynamics: From Father Knows Best to Two and a Half Men
- Isolation: From community to individualism
- Flexibility: From rigid scheduling to volunteer availability
- Generations: From experienced veterans to novice Gen Y
- Technology: From face-to-face to cyberspace
- Professionalism: From skilled workers to knowledge workers
- Episodic Volunteering: From long-term commitments to short-term projects
- Slacktivism: From hard work to easy, “feel-good” tasks
- Micro-Volunteering: From bit-time commitments to bite-sized projects
- Speed: From slow movements to fast responses to change
The new breed of volunteer:
- is very busy, has many obligations, and often volunteers for multiple organizations.
- wants flexibility.
- expects to be empowered.
- won’t tolerate working alongside incompetent volunteers.
- is tech-savvy.
- doesn’t want to simply make a contribution; the new breed of volunteer wants to make a difference.
- doesn’t want to be micromanaged.
Volunteer programs need to expand to include the new breed of volunteer or else they’ll face extinction. How will YOU manage these kinds of volunteers?