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CAN I GET A VOLUNTEER?

6 ways to encourage greater involvement in your church

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By Helen Gibson

Do you struggle to find volunteers to serve in your church? If you’re like most leaders, the answer is probably yes. Just over 70 percent of church leaders say they find recruiting volunteers challenging or often impossible, according to the 2015 National Survey of Congregations. Leaders lament the “80/20 rule”—a theory that suggests 20 percent of church members do 80 percent of the work while

the other members do very little. Still, it doesn’t have to be that way. Engaging the other 80 percent may be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Here are six practical ways to address the problem and encourage volunteers to step up and serve in your church. 1. Listen to what the uninvolved members of your congregation have to say. Church leaders often misunderstand the majority of church members who don’t engage in the work of the church, says Scott Thumma, co-author of The Other 80 Percent: Turning Your Church’s Spectators into Active Participants. “We assume they don’t show up because of spiritual reasons—they’re not as fervent, they’re not as committed to

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Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...

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Facts & Trends is designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders navigate the issues and trends impacting the church by providing info...