Soon the Christian Education ministries of the church will be into full swing again — Sunday School, small groups, children and youth ministries, and so much more. There is a lot of work to be done and people must be recruited to do it. Let me encourage you to think outside of the box when recruiting people to serve in Christian education and to seriously consider the following factors.
- Recruit people who are gifted to do the job. Don’t just seek to fill positions.
- Utilize a variety of spiritual gifts. Don’t just look for people with the gifts of teaching and administration. There is more to do in Christian education than teach and direct programs.
- Specialize the way you utilize people according to their gifting. Don’t expect them to do that for which they are not gifted, at least not on a regular basis or as their primary ministry.
When you do this, you will discover that everybody can have a part regardless of gifting. Rather than overworking the faithful few, making them do anything and everything, you can get a variety of people involved in ways that suit them, freeing up your teachers and administrators to do what they are gifted to do.
- Recruit people who have a heart for Christian nurture or discipleship. Don’t minimize the importance of people being motivated by more than a love for God.
- Find a place for people who are impassioned for this kind of ministry or the various people groups regardless of their gifting. Don’t turn people away or neglect to look at certain people because they lack typical gifting used in this kind of ministry.
When you do this, you will tend to have people serving who want to be there. These are the people who will tend to give it their all, no matter how big or small of a task they do.
- Make sure people know what you are asking them to do and what is expected of them. Don’t deceive them into thinking they are capable if they are not or that it will take less time or energy than it will.
- Limit their time commitments to what they agree to do. Don’t make them feel guilty for failing to do that for which they were not recruited.
When you do this, you will be demonstrating a respect for people. They will then be more likely to stick with their commitment and maybe even volunteer to go the extra mile.
- Provide training, feedback, and encouragement. Don’t abandon people once they start serving.
- Provide materials and finances needed to do the job. Don’t expect them to invest what they don’t have or weren’t expecting to put out.
When you do this, you will be letting people know that just as you asked them for a commitment, so you are committed to them. You will also be letting them know that you see them and what they are doing as important enough to invest into. They too will begin to view their contribution as important and needed, no matter how big or small of a responsibility it may be.
Recruiting people to serve in the Christian Education Ministries of the church can be a challenge. If you sow the above factors into your recruiting process, you will reap the reward of a more effective ministry. It will have been worth the time and effort.