This week in our church’s volunteer inspiration meeting. We talked about the five steps for reproducing volunteers. Keep reading to learn more about the process.
Five Steps to Reproducing Volunteers

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Every organization could benefit from extra volunteers, and the best way to get them is to grow them yourself. Rather than simply hoping volunteers will simply walk in the front door and sign up, it’s probably better to get your existing volunteers to find an apprentice, a padawan learner if-you-will. The apprentice can then learn from the mentor in a hands-on way.  That’s the ideal.
Here is a simple five-step procedure to think through when you’re trying to reproduce more awesome volunteers:
  • First Step: I do. You watch. We talk.
  • Second Step: I do. You help. We talk.
  • Third Step: You do. I help. We Talk.
  • Fourth Step: You do. I watch. We Talk.
  • Fifth Step: You do. Someone else watches.

For more on information about reproducing volunteers, consider picking up Dave & Jon Ferguson’s book Exponential (affiliate link). That’s the book from where these insights were drawn. Happy reading!

Did you miss last week’s volunteer meeting notes? We talked about being volunteers who are F.A.T. Go check it out!