I’ve been talking about recruiting and while I think everything about recruiting is fun, there is one way to recruit which is the best, the easiest, and the most fun ever . . . and the most effective. What could this be, you ask? Retention. Keeping the volunteers you already have! If you are successful at keeping your volunteers then your recruiting demands will reduce significantly. Today I’m going to look at this – keeping the volunteers you already by looking at the benefits of retention!
When it comes to the “numbers”, your church needs enough volunteers to keep your child:volunteer ratios at a safe and effective level. Basically, for nursery you should have one volunteer for every three babies, one for every four toddlers, and then one for every age of children – for example for five year olds you should have one for every five children, one for every six, six year olds, etc. This level of staffing allows you to provide a safe and effective Children’s Ministry, so you need to determine how many volunteers you need based on the number and ages of children in your ministry.
So, what are the benefits for keeping the volunteers you have; consider the following –
Clearly, there are significant benefits to keeping the volunteers you have – which benefit would you most appreciate?