The purpose of the EXPO is to help people find the path to our ministries. Now, that path may lead them to you because they need you to minister to them or they may be good candidates for coming alongside your ministry and joining your team. So, what is the path someone should take in order to come alongside and join your ministry?
Here are some questions to help your ministry be prepared for the EXPO:
1) How can someone get involved in your ministry? Can they? Is your ministry open to any qualified person who might present themselves to you at the Expo saying, “I really want to come alongside of you and serve in your area”?
2) If your answer is “Yes,” what are the qualifications a person needs in order to do what you are doing or at least to help you do what you do? Are those qualifications written down so that they can be made clear to potential ministry recruits at the Expo? If a potential recruit is to call a certain number or show up at a particular event to observe, etc., will someone answer when they call? When they show up to observe, will there be a formal process to facilitate their further progress into your ministry?
3) If your ministry is NOT open to new, qualified people, is there a valid reason? Is your ministry free of social barriers or cliques that would prevent new people from becoming part of what God is doing through you and your ministry? Is your ministry based on calling and qualification rather than personality types or prior social connections? (NOTE: Truthfully, it is hard for me to imagine that there is not some way to involve new people into every ministry but I suppose it is possible that there could be a valid reason that a ministry would be closed to new involvement. I think it would have to be a really good one!)