Asking for a Higher Commitment

I recently blogged about my passion for having two permanent adults in a room and moving away from our dependence on rotating, monthly teachers.  You can read that here.

Now comes the hard part.  My goal is to have 2-3 weekly volunteers in each classroom by the fall.  We have to replace all of those rotating spots with weekly people.    That is not an easy job!  But it is do-able.  I firmly believe that if God has sent us this many babies and little kids, He has also placed the people in the church to love them.  And (I’ll show my flesh here) when people tell me they’re praying for me because it is going to be impossible, it makes me work even harder.

Our first step in filling these spots, is to challenge our monthly people to step up to a higher commitment.   That’s easy, huh? 🙂

Here is what I have to remember when asking for a bigger commitment:

–  It is ok to ask.  Sometimes we don’t ask out of fear.  That’s kind of silly.  A friend in my home group says that he used to have no fear of anything and his phrase was “It can’t kill me and it can’t eat me.”  Volunteers won’t kill or eat you for asking them to step up.

–  They may say no and that is ok!  Give them permission to say no.  No is not a terrible answer, just accept graciously.

–  Understand that what I’m asking is not bad – it is very good.  We are asking them to invest more in serving God’s kids.

–  I don’t need to approach them apologetically or sounding desperate.  People don’t respond well to begging.

– I tell people why I want them to step up.  I will not approach every monthly volunteer.  Some are best fit for what they are doing.  Many, though, are very good and the kids will be blessed by them stepping up.  So I tell them that. I try to be specific about what I see in them and why I want them to serve more.  I don’t want people to think I’m just looking for warm bodies to fill a spot.

–  I pray.  This absolutely is most important.  Luke 10:2 says, “He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  We really resonate with that first part about the workers being few, but let us reflect the second part!

What are some other things that you keep in mind when asking people to step up their commitment?

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