Discovery Land Blog

Recruiting with Purpose!

Discovery Land - Friday, November 11, 2016

By Kris Smoll

How do you recruit? This email recently came past my desk:

"We are in dire need of a lunchroom helper tomorrow, Thursday, November 10th and a lunchroom helper for EVERY day next week. If you are able to help in this area, please contact the office and let us know! Thank you in advance for your volunteer help, it is appreciated!"

Do you hear the stress and desperation in this email or do you hear the joy and value found in serving? What kind of response might they have gotten if they would have instead said, "Take time to meet your student’s best friends while serving lunch tomorrow. It will be one hour of smiles, great food and the ability to role model to your child a servant’s heart." Wouldn’t this make you as a parent catch a bigger picture of this great experience rather than just hearing this request as a desperate need?

How do you recruit for CM mid-year when you are short volunteers?

Here a few tips:

1) Explain the "why" behind the ministry.

2) Share how they will bless others and how they will gain from this opportunity.

3) Cheer for the ministry, rather than highlight how desperate you are.

4) Give clear instructions on how to sign up and how many people you need.

5) Share a short testimony (phrase) from a current leader: "Best part of my day!"

6) Include pictures as much as possible of the ministry blessing others.

7) Have a team of people pray specifically for each position needed.

8) Ask volunteers to recruit for you!

We never need to recruit out of frustration or desperation. Instead, we get to invite people to join the work of the living God!

Menomonie Alliance Children's Library

Discovery Land - Friday, October 09, 2015
While training at Menomonie Alliance Church this past weekend, I ran across this gem - a children's library. It's light, bright, and kid-friendly:


Not only is it visually appealing, it is purposeful and strategic. #1 - they tied use of the library to Tracker Tickets, which is the incentive system already in place #2 - they included the quarter's "All In!" theme #3 - they point parents towards another helpful resource in the church (the adult library) and #4 - a portion of the books are rotated in and out to match the current quarter's curriculum.


Even the instructions are clear and visually appealing.

Thanks Menomonie Alliance for letting us be a part of equipping your Early Childhood and Preschool volunteers this weekend. And thanks for letting us share your ideas with others!