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Recruiting Volunteers For Meals

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Q. I am looking for a creative idea on how to get your congregation to sign up to cook meals for special occasions at church like: church anniversary, monthly birthday party, pot-luck, etc. It's been like pulling teeth. A sign-up sheet doesn't work. They don't sign up and I (pastor's wife) end up cooking lots of food. HELP!


I feel like this and maybe I am wrong because I have the same problem in my church. So, what I do is after I see no one has signed up and the day finally arrives when they are expecting food, I tell them we are not eating. I tell them I am not doing all the cooking myself and if no one signs up there will be no eating after service, plain and simple. I feel bad after telling them this but it worked and I have no problem now.

Perhaps you could write down on paper the things or the food that you need and ask them to
choose one and tell them that you appreciated what they do! People like to feel needed and
appreciated
Sometimes people like to be asked personally. Let them know that they are being a part of
ministry.

Sandy

Hmm, I'm noticing a theme here that doesn't fit the way we operate. I noted in my initial post that I only bring my normal whatever and if there isn't enough, so be it. The other thing here - I've noticed many of you take responsibility for the planning/organizing of these things. I do not. Getting people to sign up for things just does not fall within my domain.

I agree with the personal approach. I think sign ups and recruiting don't do well via lists or bulletin announcements. The personal touch is always harder to say no to.

We have had a good response to sending sign-up lists around in the Sunday School classes. Padi

I've noticed many of you take responsibility for the planning/organizing of these things. I do not. Getting people to sign up for things just does not fall within my domain.


I take responsibility for planning and organizing church events because I am the Fellowship Coordinator, not because I am the PW. I gladly offered to be the FC, a job I personally enjoy. You are correct that being the PW doesn't automatically make you the sign-it-up gal. :)

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