Posted by Scott Rubin
So I’ve recently taught my sons how to golf. (which is a bit challenging, because it’s tough to teach something you’re not so good at. But that’s another post) All 3 of my sons love it … but one of them is equally excited about finding other people’s lost golf balls. Especially since we got him one of those extendo-golf-ball-retriever things.
He’s actually gotten really good at it, too. (finding the golf balls… not so much golfing yet.) The last couple times we’ve played 9 holes, he’s found 15 or 20 — and it hasn’t taken him long at all. (Mostly because I’m constantly saying “We can’t make the group behind us wait for us!!)
See, when we go from one green to the next tee, there’s usually a path that everyone takes… and then there’s a whole bunch of overgrown vegetation all around. But my son never takes the path. And that’s where he hits the jackpot.
Where am I going with this?
Well — at this time of year, we’re always looking for new, great small group leaders. And most times there’s a “usual path” for that.
–Make an announcement in the adult church service. Put an “ad” in the bulletin. At least for us… that usually doesn’t help that much.
We’ve always had the best luck by leaving the path. Looking somewhere new.
- Like asking all our current volunteers & asking who they know who’d be crazy & cool enough to hang out with junior highers. And then calling them.
- Like setting up a table outside the room where we have our middle school services, with a highlight video rolling, and an extraverted volunteer standing next to it to see which adults are drawn to watch.
- Like targeting our 20-something ministry and shamelessly inviting people to come check out our middle school service just one time.
- Like asking everyone & anyone we know for recommendations for new volunteers … and then giving them our best vision pitch.
- Like other, more creative ideas than this that you can think of, if you spend a minute!
Inviting people into the adventure of middle school ministry can be a challenge … but slowly & surely we’re finding the volunteers we need to point these students towards Jesus! PS — We still need a few more … you have any awesome Jesus-following friends in Chicagoland who want to help us?