You Attract Who You Are

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Your ministry is growing. You’ve had some success and you are choosing new areas and programs to expand your ministry. You need more volunteers in your ministry.

What qualities would you want in the people on your team? Go ahead. Write down those qualities. I’ll wait…

Done? Okay. Hold on to that list for a second.

One of the more challenging aspects of being involved in ministry is recruiting volunteers. As my ministry grows, my need for great volunteers rises. It’s a direct correlation. Yet, it can be difficult to find great volunteers. They’re out there, but how do I find volunteers that are:

  • Committed?
  • Passionate about Christ?
  • Know their gifts and strengths?
  • Enthusiastic?
  • Live with integrity?

That is no easy feat, but it can be done.

I could spend these next 500 words talking about lots of different strategies about recruiting volunteers to come on my team. The fact is that you are probably well equipped to share with me what works and what doesn’t work.

There’s only one major principle I follow to recruit volunteers:

Be the type of person I would want as a volunteer.

We naturally attract who we are. For example, is it any surprise that most of my friends are involved in ministry? No, because I’m involved in ministry. The best way to recruit great volunteers is to be great myself. Like a magnet, I will attract great volunteers as I practice being committed, passionate about Christ, knowing my strengths, being enthusiastic, and living with integrity. It’s the law of magnetism. Who you are is who you attract.

So who are you? What type of people are you attracting?

Go back through the list of qualities that you named that you would want in your volunteers. Put a check mark next to the qualities that you think you embrace. For example, if one quality you wrote down was “adaptable,” and you think you are adaptable, but a check mark next to it. If you don’t think you embrace that quality, but an X next to it.

Take inventory of who you are as a leader. If I want people who are passionate about their relationship with Christ and the church, I need to be passionate about my relationship with Christ. If I want people with a positive attitude, I need to be that. If I want volunteers who are serious about learning and growing and becoming what God intended them to be, then I need to be that as well!

You attract who you are. Work on being the type of volunteer you would want. Start with the list of qualities you wrote down.

What qualities do you look for in a volunteer? Do you embrace that quality?

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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