This is my Granny. She’s been on my mind a lot here lately. As I think back and remember her, my mind is directed to the woman described in Proverbs 31. She was a prime example of this woman. Her legacy was passed down through her children, her grandchildren, and even her great grandchildren. I pray that I will live to be half the wife, mother, and grandmother that she was. Being a Christian wasn’t something she just did on Sundays, or when it was necessary. It was who she was. A lover of Jesus. First and foremost. She worked in her household to make sure her family was taken care of. She loved my Granddaddy with all her heart. When she passed away, we went in to help my Granddaddy clean out her things, and we found a freezer full of meat that she had stored away in hopes that they would never go hungry.
She made clothes, and could sew just about anything. She is how I found my love for sewing. One of my most precious memories of her was when I was pregnant with my first child. I wanted everything to be perfect, but with a small budget. Granny helped me make cushions for our baby’s rocking chair. I had only sewn a little here and there, and didn’t really know what I was doing. But she patiently showed me and helped me through it. To this day, I remember how to make piping because of those 8 hours we spent together.
She could cook like no other. Now I know that everybody says their Granny could cook, but I will defend hers as the best any day of the week. Every Sunday growing up, I remember eating lunch that was piping hot and delicious to the last bite. I recall all the times that I ate way to much at Christmas and Thanksgiving, because it was just too good not to eat it. I remember sneaking into the kitchen while the adults were talking in the other room to grab one or two or three of the sweets that she’d worked tirelessly to make for us.
As we go through the busyness of life, us moms usually get buried in the middle of it all. As we go about doing the work of the Lord, let’s not forget what we should actually be doing. That’s raising up a generation that will know and honor God, love Him with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength, and pass along a legacy that is worth remembering.
We have all had that time we are dread in Kidmin where we have to hit the recruiting trail hard and heavy. That time of year when people run when they see you coming because they know what you’re wanting to ask. I haven’t been doing this very long but there are some things I have learned even in my short time in Kidmin.
1. Relationships are Crucial
The number one way to get people to jump on board with you and share in the implementation of the vision that God has given you is to build a relationship with people. And not just for the sake of recruiting them to do something for you, but to be able to disciple them and help them grow in their walk with God. Once you’ve gotten to know someone well enough you are able to challenge them by helping them find somewhere to stretch themselves through serving.
Not only are our relationships with other people necessary, our relationship with God is a must. We must be praying for and with our people on a daily basis. Talking with God is the only way we are going to know the steps laid out for us. Until we get that right, nothing else will matter.
2. Preparation is Essential
We are revamping our recruiting trail this year. It will take more work on the front end, but I think it will help out in the long run. We are lengthening our application to be able to find out more about those who are interested in serving in our preschool and children’s worlds. We are going to be hosting orientations before we allow people to sign up so that they can find out what it is really all about. We have a lot of wins to share this year even in the midst of transition and I want people to know that they can be a part of that. We are going to spend more time training new volunteers before they are released into a room to lead kids. My hope is that this will help alleviate some of those who serve out of guilt and don’t stick around for very long. I also hope that even if someone thought they wanted to serve in kids, but realize it’s not for them, we will be able to find them a place to serve somewhere else in the church. I want people to find their niche so that they love what they do.
3.Evaluation and feedback are important.
We are actually starting out recruiting with evaluations. I’m in the process of preparing self evaluations for all of our volunteers that we will begin to walk through. We have a lot of volunteers and most of them I know but some I know better than others. Some would never say a word to me if they were unhappy. They would simply just walk away. I want to find out what their frustrations are and what wins they’ve had this year. Then I want to find out their intentions for next year. I want them to know that my commitment to them is just as important as theirs is to me.
What are you doing to help make the recruiting trail a little smoother this year?