Recruiting Volunteers

Recruiting Volunteers

These resources are recommended by Center for Congregations staffers working on the Community Ministry Grant program. The list was developed in 2016 to provide resources on volunteer recruitment. For more resources, contact the Center at 866-307-2381 or check out the Congregational Resource Guide at

Fader, Sunny. 365 Ideas for Recruiting, Retaining, Motivating and Rewarding Your Volunteers: A Complete Guide for Non-Profit Organizations. Oscala, FL: Atlantic Publishing, 2010.
An experienced non-profit leader, Fader claims that the volunteer recruitment process establishes the tone of the relationship between volunteers and organizations. She begins the book by explaining what needs to happen before recruitment begins. She then delves into the details of the recruitment process. Part Two addresses retention and motivation.

Group Publishing. Moving Forward. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2013.
Moving Forward is one in a three-book series from Group Publishing about volunteers and working with volunteers. This volume focuses on helping leaders recruit and train volunteers. It includes finding the most appropriate volunteers for the task at hand. The book covers identifying, recruiting, interviewing, training, and evaluating volunteers, as well as how to promote volunteerism.

McKee, Jonathan R. and Thomas W. The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century. Volunteer. 2nd edition, Loveland, CO: Simply Youth Ministry, 2012.
Volunteers in the 21st century are different. Because of that, institutional thinking and actions with these volunteers must also be different. The book is addressed to the persons and organizations that want to understand and work with this “new breed” of volunteer. Specific topics include recruitment, empowerment, motivation, technology, and how to engage a “high maintenance volunteer.” Additional resources include a volunteer application, reference form and expectations.

Parker, Brent. “The Recruitment Conversation.” You Tube. Nashville, TN: Ministry Architects, 2015. Accessed June 2, 2016.
Brent Parker, lead consultant with Ministry Architects, provides some great tips to help you recruit volunteers without fear. How should the recruiting conversation move and flow? Brent will help you figure that out. Brent makes reference to the book, Building Your Volunteer Team: A 30-Day Change Project for Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries, a book on recruiting volunteers for youth ministry.

Wipf, Deborah. The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition): Resources to Help You Recruit and Retain Volunteers. Broken Arrow, OK: Velocity Management Group, LLC, 2013.
Every congregation needs a committed volunteer base to achieve its mission. Yet recruiting and retaining volunteers can be a challenge for anyone in ministry. Author Deborah Wipf has developed this toolkit as a step-by-step guide to developing and improving your congregation’s volunteer program. Chapters are dedicated to recruiting, assigning, training, and appreciating volunteers. The toolkit includes templates for volunteer needs assessment, job descriptions, orientation handouts, and experience surveys.