Vacation Bible School has a long history of doing things creatively. When looking at ways to recruit and train volunteers for this ministry, why not follow in that vein?
It might make sense to recruit volunteers and then train them for VBS or any other event or need your church may have. Yet, training information is important to have when recruiting.
Whether serving as a VBS volunteer or being part of a recruitment team, I’ve found the following questions generally come up in some form or fashion:
The best answer for such inquiries? A well-planned training system or strategy, of course! Training serves several purposes including, but not limited to, sharing a ministry’s vision and goals; communicating general information, responsibilities, and safety protocols; equipping individuals and teams with the resources necessary to succeed; and building an atmosphere of support and encouragement.
With so many user-friendly (well, most of the time) technology options at our fingertips, it’s an exciting time to explore creative ways that make volunteer training more accessible to those who serve.
Using digital platforms also allows those who organize and lead to share important information like dates, times, schedules, and other key facts and housekeeping items. That way, you can utilize face-to-face training time for more interactive training components (a concept our wise friends in the world education call a flipped classroom).
Here are six ways technology can help you improve your volunteer training! Hopefully this list will spark ideas as you consider how to incorporate technology into your training plan:
When deciding if and how to use technology as you train and equip volunteers, consider what approach will best serve your team and support your overall goal for training. Have fun! Be creative! Let your volunteers know you value their time and their involvement. Above all, let those who serve know how appreciated they are, as they share Jesus’ love through this opportunity and beyond!
We’ve barely touched the tip of iceberg here and would love to hear how you have used, or plan to use, technology as you train and equip your volunteer team! Comment below or let us know on Twitter or Facebook!
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