We picked one Sunday to have a Parent Pizza Luncheon with our families. Members of our Youth Committee went from table to table in the meeting and Sunday School classes to recruit names. The end result was three sheets filled with names of people who wanted to help. Some of the names were from people we did not even expect. Next, we sent a follow up letter thanking and confirming them for their commitment. This was a great tool for us and I thought I'd share it with you. Change it, modify it, and make it work for your organization. Sometimes the most effective tools are the simple ones.
- Wednesday Night Snacks - People who would provide a snack for our students on a Wednesday night. Not a full meal, but something to tide them over. Many don't eat until they get home after church. Also, if you have food, students will come :)
- Host Homes - People who will open their houses for Bible Studies, Small Groups, and Disciple Now Weekends.
- $ Donations for Scholarship and Minister Needs - I never want money to stand in the way of a child going on a trip. Many students come from single families and homes that have been hit The bonds and impact those trips have go a long way to integrating them with the group as well as affect them spiritually. Some people just have the gift if giving. We want to let them exercise that. Also, there may be projects like meeting space renovation, tools etc that people may give for. The budget still must be the main support for the ministry but this gives a leader people to go to at special times, not ever time.
- Grab Bag: There may be people in your organization that have gifts like carpentry, canning, knitting, etc that could be used for ministry. I like this because it opens the doors for ways to minister that I wouldn't normally think of.
- First Call: For those that want to be contacted first for anything.