1. Develop friendships. It’s easier to recruit somebody who believes you care about him or her more than you care about recruiting.
2. Keep the children before the congregation. Children who never perform in front of the congregation and who are never seen in the main service will be forgotten.
3. Give regular updates through the bulletin and announcements about the good things going on in children’s ministry. People are more willing to volunteer for a ministry that’s on fire.
4. Have your pastor talk about the children’s ministry. If people know children’s ministry is on the pastor’s heart, they will be more likely to volunteer.
5. Have a recruiting drive one month a year. Let the congregation know this is the time to sign up.
6. Ask for temporary workers. Let the volunteer get his feet wet without having to commit to anything.
7. Ask. Some people will never take the initiative. They’re waiting to be asked.
8. Have job descriptions in writing. Let them know what their responsibilities will be by discussing them with the perspective volunteer and handing out a written job description.
9. Have teacher training in place. Don’t use the method of throwing a worker in a room with a teacher manual. Only a few will last past the first month. Instead have a comprehensive training plan in place so the volunteer feels equipped.
10. Have teachers sign a year-long commitment, have a list of requirements, and do screening. Let them know you don’t accept just anyone. Those being recruited want to make a difference. People don’t want to volunteer for jobs if they feel like you’ll take any warm body. They want to know that their position is important to the church and will make a difference in children’s lives.