A volunteer is so much more than a guinea pig. So many churches view volunteering as a huge job, but minimal role. This is a skewed mindset of volunteers. Volunteer jobs are small, yet their roles are essential to the church. Volunteering should never be viewed as something you have to do, but something you get to do.
So many leaders of churches want to know how to get committed volunteers. Here are five ways to get passionate, wholehearted, devoted volunteers.
1. Get people to sign up.
As the pastor of the church, you must be communicating the vision and mission thoroughly. You have to have people bought in, and believing in what God is doing in the church, before they want to become a part of something.
2. Get the people that signed up to a volunteer meeting.
This is where people hear what the church believes about volunteering. Potential volunteers need to know why they are serving before they serve. Otherwise, you will have a volunteer that doesn't know his value, or the importance of his role. Both will lead to an undedicated, unhappy volunteer.
3. Future volunteers must shadow regular volunteers.
So often when someone signs up to be a volunteer, churches plug them in the next week serving. No volunteer meeting, no shadowing someone, no nothing. They are just expected to know what to do, since they signed up in that specific area. Future volunteers must shadow regular volunteers several times before they are put into that role. This will set both them and you up for success in the area of volunteering,
4. Have a time period of dedication from that volunteer.
Whether this is a 3 month period or 6 month period of dedication. Leaders need to put these volunteers on a regular rotation for a dedicated time frame. This will teach volunteers the importance of commitment and dedication as well as make this area consistent with volunteers.
5. Always check in with volunteers.
Volunteers need feedback. They need to be reminded that they are valued. They need to be reminded the importance of their position in the church. They need to know this isn't something they have to do, but something they get to do. The church is one body, and it is a privilege and honor to be a part of the team. When one leg hurts, the entire body hurts.
Volunteers are vital to a working and flowing organization. Churches are not built off the talents of a few, but the sacrifices of many. Leaders don't forget your volunteers aren't the least of these. But they are a part of the team that God is building the church to be.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor