Happy November!   Many of you are especially busy this time of year.   Some of you are feeling the pinch of trying to do too much on your own.   So I thought it might be a good time to review recruiting and what works.

Thanks for reading. Thanks to you new members contiuning to sign up.   Thanks to God for people's growing interest in worship.   I’m grateful for the opportunity to share what I’m learning.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue.


Best Recruiting Tip I Know

Over the years I've had the pleasure of working with over a hundred people in music-related ministry through my local church. And I've had my share of recruiting headaches. Commitment is not a word people like, it seems. You know, however, commitment is the basic ingredient of any music program that has a consistent reputation of blessing God and people.

The best recruiting tip I know is not very difficult - it won't impress you with my wisdom and experience. In fact, it's so simple, most of you have already used it to form your teams. Maybe you just didn't realize it is also the most effective way to build a faithful group of servants.

When you need help, not just musically, but also for all the various support aspects of leading people in worship, whether video, audio, visual art, even drama - just do this…

...Ask...

There it is. I'm not sure why, but for some reason, people respond best to your invitation when you look them square in the eye and ask them to be part of something bigger than they are that lasts for eternity.

I remember a time when my church was having a ministry fair and someone walked up to our table to joke with us that he couldn't possibly sign up to help with anything related to music because all he knew how to do was tune a radio. To which I spontaneously responded, "Sounds like a sound man to me".

First, let me apologize if that sounds demeaning to people who play the most important role during any event involving music and audio. Chris turned out to be a real learner and blessed us many times, but I know there is much more to running sound than tuning a radio!

Just one more thing - before you ask pray! Remember Matthew 9:37, 38? Here Jesus says the harvest is huge, but the workers are few. It takes supernatural power to work in God's harvest. So, keep asking God to send workers into His harvest. This keeps everything in perspective - the church is His, the ministry we look after is His.

Happy recruiting!

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Until next month, may grace and peace be yours,
Jim Snedeker
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