Why your church should be hiring Virtual Assistant(s).
As a part of a focus this week helping church leaders kick start the new year . . . this week I’m focusing on hiring Virtual Assistant(s) within the church context.
You only have 24 hours in a day. Your job is not to check email, update your facebook status, send out newsletters or proofread the program. We want you to connect with people . . . not spend all your time booking appointments to connect with people. The church needs to help people get into small groups . . . not invest hours updating lists of peoples names. There are people in your church that want to volunteer and are waiting for your to ask them . . . they don’t care how much time you spent on ordering books off of Amazon for next sermon.
Did you know that there is a whole world of people waiting to serve you and your church virtually? For a fraction of the cost to hire administrative help to work in your office you can outsource any task that repetetive, easy to delegate and still sitting on your to-do list. (Maybe still from last year ?)
Think about how many tasks you do over the phone or online. All of that can be given to a trusted Virtual Assistant. Want to visit all of your small groups in 2012? . . . you could have a VA work with all those group leaders to schedule times for you to pop in for a quick visit. Heck . . . they could order the snacks and flowers to arrive at the office the day you are going to visit so you just pick carry them out when you leave.
What if this sort of service was available for $10 an hour . . . and all you needed was a few hours a week? What if it cost half that much? Would that focus time be worth it to you and your ministry?
Virtual Assistants are a new breed of global entrepreneur. Often from English speaking countries like Philippines or India . . . who are connected, passionate and ready to serve you. If your church hasn’t at least explored adding VAs to your staffing mix than you are missing out on a curve jump in effectiveness. (There are services based in North America that provide these services as well . . . not all VAs are from abroad.)
Why should your church be using Virtual Assistants? Because it frees up your staff to focus on their job . . . seeing people get connected to the mission of the church . . . rather than the administrative tasks.
Come back on Wednesday when I talk about 3 tasks you should out source this week . . . and give you some tools to get started. (On Friday I’m going to be talking about my own ups and downs of working with VAs from aboard and within North America.)