WFX Bootcamp

Recruiting, Training and Empowering an All-Volunteer Staff

Taught by Karl Vaters




Recruiting volunteers starts with giving them something worth volunteering for


Discover what your church does well, then do it on purpose


Front-load the value: feature what you do well


Move out of a destination mindset and into a process orientation


Adapt to how people make commitments now


People have changed how they make commitments in four fundamental ways:

  1. For blocks of time, not long-term
  2. Through relationships
  3. Because we ask
  4. To causes and relationships


Build a bridge




Start with one


Church leaders are not called to do the church members’ ministry for them

  • We’re called to equip the saints to do ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12)


Build your training around relationships, not curriculum

  • Mentoring, not just finishing a class
  • The smaller the church, the more likely your leadership programs will be one and done


Use the Jethro system to raise up leaders

  • 10, 50, 100, 1,000
  • Look for Level 10 leaders, first
  • Find leaders by looking for servants




Why planning is harder with an all-volunteer staff

  • Volunteers can just not show up
  • Losing a key person can wipe you out
  • Most planning ideas come from context of paid staff


Schedule meetings around their calendars, not yours

  • Sunday stand-ups
  • During children’s events to facilitate childcare


Planning Step 1: Get Annual Events On The Calendar NOW


Planning Step 2: The 3-2-1 System for Better Quarterly Planning


Planning Step 3: A Checklist For More Effective Leadership Meetings


Karl Vaters • • • @KarlVaters

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