Fourth Roadblock to Effective Women’s Ministry- Lack of Volunteers


Sometimes finding volunteers for events, to lead small groups, or to serve in other areas of Women’s Ministry can be a challenge.

Here’s what I’ve tried when recruiting volunteers:

1. Let volunteers know exactly what is expected of them.

Hand them a job description which clearly outlines what you are needing them to do, how much time you think it will take, and resources they may need and where to obtain them.

2.  Look for people not already involved serving in other areas.

Often it is 20% of people in the church doing 80% of the work. Try to ask people not already overly involved in your church. At your women’s events look for those who have attended more than once that seem to be good with people. Offer to take them for coffee to see what they may be interested in helping with.

3. Seek to understand the gifting and personality styles of individuals you ask to serve and put them in the right roles.

Volunteers are more likely to get excited about serving or to want to serve again if they enjoy the tasks they are given. If you can help plug your volunteers into their sweet spot they will likely serve with joy!

4. When women step up to volunteer thank them.

I write thank you notes to women leading at each of our events. If the budget allows I put a small gift card in with the thank you card. Happy volunteers are likely to keep volunteering. People want to be recognized and know that they are appreciated and that they are making a difference.

5. Ask your pastoral staff for names of people not yet serving who may fit well serving in women’s ministry.

Your church pastoral staff can be great resources of who may be a good fit for roles you are needing to fill in women’s ministry.

6. Ask women who are involved to each recruit another volunteer. 

Word of mouth is still the best advertising. If women already serving are passionate they are likely to ask others to join in.

7. Have women serving bring another woman alongside her to serve and to teach her what needs to be done in that area.

If one woman has to step down from serving the other woman can continue and then recruit one new person to train. This way you won’t have any holes in the ministry if one woman needs to step away from her responsibilities.

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