I've been thinking about volunteers a lot lately for a couple of reasons:
1. It's my topic for my coaching network next month
2. We asked 50 people to commit to serve and make a move to our new Miramar campus and we had over 60 step up in the 1st week!
3. Churches are volunteer-intensive organizations and the day we stop leading volunteers into greater steps of commitment and growth, we're in trouble (and they get stalled in their spiritual and leadership development)
So here's what I suggest: looking at your church like a baseball team. A baseball team isn't just the 25 guys that make up the Major League team. There's also a farm system that's funneling young players to the big leagues.
I believe every position in your church needs to have a designation of:
Single A – entry level position
Double A – Overseeing a team within a ministry
Triple A – High capacity leader overseeing a ministry
Major Leagues – Staff Member with responsibility for that ministry
Next time I'll talk about how we delineate between a single, double and triple A position and what each position needs.