Why Aren’t Our Parishioners or Congregants Volunteering?

If the vast majority of your church isn’t volunteering regularly, it communicates something about their mindset of your church.

At least one of the following three things is probably true. You need to…

  • Increase their understanding of the value of volunteering.
  • Help them grow in their commitment to what your church is trying to accomplish.
  • Make them more aware of how they can contribute.

If you want to mobilize your congregants for service, you have to do things that will address each of these issues.

1. There needs to be a way to increase understanding about volunteering. Many people misunderstand the role of the Church in their lives. They see church only as something that serves them, not realizing that by serving, it also helps them.

2. There needs to be a way to strengthen commitment. Congregants may feel that giving their money is enough, so they do not need to give any more of their lives to the church. Perhaps they are busy with other pursuits and serving others through the church is not a priority. There may also be some who were involved at one point but faded for some reason. 

3. There needs to be a way to increase awareness. People might be more willing to volunteer if they knew about opportunities that they would be good at and could get excited about. Maybe they just do not know how much they are needed and how quickly they could begin to have an impact.
Using Realm, you can achieve understanding, commitment, and awareness with your volunteers. Volunteer management gives your group leaders the ability to communicate in multiple ways with their volunteers which will enhance commitment by ensuring they feel involved and stay connected even when they are not serving. With Volunteer management your group leaders can use teams and roles to see who’s currently serving, who’s served in the past,  and who hasn’t served. That gives your leaders the information needed when trying to recruit new volunteers, no matter what the role.


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