How do we get more volunteers involved in the church
August 13, 2008 11:03 AM Subscribe
Posting for a friend: She needs help getting volunteers to help out with various church functions.
posted by KevCed to Society & Culture (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My friend is the volunteer coordinator at a local church (Catholic if that matters). She also does admin and logistics for the church and various events.
They need help getting volunteers at all levels from simple things like doing readings or being an usher at mass all the way up to organizing events. The goal is around 1-5 hours per week from people who commit but they have trouble finding more than 2 ushers for some Sunday services with attendance of 700-800 even after opening it to youths (14+)
She is hoping for any kind of help she can get, something like a slogan (Make our church your church?), marketing method, pep talk or anecdotes to encourage participation from the 4000+ registered parishioners.
Some other useful points:
*Volunteer activities are typically completed by a small core of super-involved individuals (who apparently do not alienate/discourage new volunteers)
*New volunteers do not remain involved for long periods of time, typically more responsive to being assigned very specific tasks instead of broader roles
*Other churches in the community face similar problem finding/retaining productive volunteers
Have any of you faced this type of issue? What strategy have you used at home/work/volunteering to drum up support and involvement? How can my friend improve involvement from people who already spend 1-2 hours per week of going to mass?