4. You're not getting out of the kid world. You have to go where adults are if you want them to join your team. Get into the adult world. Show up for new members' class, visit adult Bible study groups, connect with the men's and women's ministries.
5. You're not partnering with the student ministry leaders. Student volunteers are the bomb. You should have lots of student-ministry volunteers serving in your children's ministry. If you don't, then reach out to your student-ministry leaders and ask how you can partner with them to get students involved.
6. You're not keeping the volunteers you already have. If you're having constant volunteer turnover, then it will be hard to maintain enough volunteers. How do you keep them? Two words: Family and Fun. Family—people stay where they feel connected and have relationships. Foster this. Fun—people stay where they enjoy being. Work hard to create a culture of fun.
7.You're not effectively following up with people who have served one time. There are certain times of the year when people serve in children's ministry one time. Normally this is during a church-wide push for an event or special services. Easter services, Christmas events, VBS, camps, fall festivals, etc. Have a strategy to go after the people who sign up to serve that one time. You can turn one-time servers into full-time servers if you're intentional about looping back with them.
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