I am doing this series on Wednesdays that will give me an opportunity to share what I am reading. This may vary from week to week as I tend to read multiple books at a time.
There are certain books in my children's ministry library that I pull out and reread on a regular basis.
In chapter five Jim discusses what it means to recruit volunteers like Jesus did. He states that "Jesus never soft-pedaled what it would be like to volunteer in his traveling ministry. It was always a life-changing, lifelong commitment."
He shared these fifteen recruitment principles and practices that Jesus used in his ministry that they have adopted into their children's ministry with great success.
- Jesus demonstrated enthusiasm.
- Jesus recruited by vision.
- Jesus walked the talk.
- Jesus made everything a matter of prayer-including recruitment.
- Jesus took his time to fill the roster.
- Jesus instituted a draft.
- Jesus seized opportunites.
- Jesus talked about rewards.
- Jesus required commitment, not just sacrifice.
- Jesus went after good people.
- Jesus let his volunteers do recruiting.
- Jesus demonstrated how to do ministry.
- Jesus coached and corrected volunteers.
- Jesus expected results.
- Jesus entered into a relationship with his volunteers.
Jim goes into much more detail of each principle in the book and I highly recommend that you read this book to find out more about them.
The one that really convicted me as I read it was number 4. Yes I want people to join our team, but am I really making it a priority to be in prayer for those that will come? Am I praying enough for God appointments to meet and talk more with potential volunteers?
What are you reading right now?