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Each week talented people enter the doors of your church and see "all the musicians you need,” properly displayed lyrics, some kind of lighting, and they can hear everything, so they assume you probably do not need them.

Churches Are Challenged to Find That Next Valuable Volunteer
Finding the right people to share the ministry load can be difficult and frustrating, but is also the most rewarding thing that we can do as ministry leaders. After all, ministry is not about filling seats or getting tasks done, it’s about people.
Churches Are Challenged to Find That Next Valuable Volunteer
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We host an annual auditions and interview process for new worship arts team members. This is not the only time we recruit, but we make a big push each fall mostly to tell people not that we need them, but that there is a place for them to serve. Each year, people come from seemingly nowhere to join our team.

2. You can never have too many people

Again, this might sound obvious too, but it might be tempting to think that since you have enough sound techs to cover a church’s Sunday service rotation, that you are set with all you need. You never know when someone will be sick, get a job transfer, or just be ready to move to a different ministry.

Repeating what I mentioned above, you also do not know who you might have waiting in the wings and what they could potentially add to your ministry. We recently added a sound tech with no experience, but she had a great musical ear and quickly learned the technology, now she creates consistently quality mixes each and every week she serves.

3. People need to be asked

Sometimes just asking a person directly is all it takes to bring a new person onto your team. In my experience, no number of announcements, Facebook ads, or sign-up sheets has the same power as just asking someone face to face. Of course, the larger your team and church becomes, the more difficult it will be for the leaders of the team to doing all the asking, so you will also need to cultivate a culture of inviters.

The best way to create a culture of inviters is simply to create a culture that people want to be a part of. This brings me to my final point.

4. Create a great ministry culture

If your Ministry Partners are excited about what they are doing and they feel known by people and cared for, it is likely they will want to bring others they know into your community of servants as well. We have four core values (that I borrowed from another church): Core, Character, Craft, and Community. We strive for a deep and growing relationship with God, to live lives on integrity, to work on improving our area of ministry, and to have fun and create great friendships with one another. My guess is, you strive for some version of that with your team as well.


More About David Erlandson
David is the Pastor of Worship at Trinity Church in Mentor, Ohio. In addition to worship leader, he’s also tech director, IT, lighting designer, video producer, and stage designer. He and his amazing wife Sarah, have two little boys that keep them quite busy. When he’s not spending time with his family, he’s fixing the house, reading tech blogs, watching Star Wars, or cheering on the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Connect with David on Twitter @daviderlandson.
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