Texas was GREAT. I can’t think how Travis Avenue Baptist Church could have possibly been any more hospitable. The folks in Texas are super!
Last week I shared with you 5 of 10 principles for enlisting good workers for VBS. Today, I’m going to give you 6-10.
#6 Use a Job Description. A job description shows that the position you’re enlisting is important and the responsibilities of this position make a difference. People want to be a part of something important, valuable, and that which makes a difference. Using a job description can clarify and help to avoid disappointment.
#7 Don’t forget the men. Don’t forget those "less obvious." Men, senior citizens, those who may have extra vacation or the ability to flex their work hours. I’ve even had teachers who were able to take "community service" hours from there place of employment. Look beyond the obvious!
#8 Consider the "Buddy System!" It’s a lot more fun to work with your buddy than to work alone. Consider asking best friend teams, husband and wife teams, or neighbor teams. Two people who enjoy spending time together already, are more likely to see the request as fun, exciting, and doable. Consider this principle especially for those positions that have a bit more responsibility.
#9 Train and Equip. Some people don’t say, "YES" because they’re afraid they don’t know how! Ensure those you are enlisting that you will train them on how and equip them to do the job.
#10 Provide Support and show Appreciation. Support your newly enlisted leaders. Share your confidence in them and appreciation for them and their ministry to boys and girls. Share regular updates on processes, deadlines, and training opportunities. Let them know that you’re in this together and that you’ll be there for them if they need you. Show them through your actions that you appreciate the work they do.
Bottom Line: The way you enlist and treat your VBS workers this year will impact your enlistment for next year.
People who feel trained, equipped, and appreciated are more inclined to volunteer next year! How do you ensure that your VBS leaders are trained, equipped, and appreciated?