Practical Ministry Skills
Cultivating Long-Term Volunteers
Develop and train volunteers who stick with your ministry.
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Volunteers always start out serving with the best of intentions. They arrive full of passion for mission, a heart to serve, and a desire to connect. But over time this enthusiasm fades and many volunteers end up quitting, burned out by the pressures of ministry. But it doesn't have to be like this! A good leader can work alongside his or her volunteers to help keep that enthusiasm alive, feeding both the ministry and the volunteers themselves.

This 20-page resource is designed to help you develop and train volunteers who will dig into the work of your ministry and stick with it for years to come.

NOTE: You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies of this resource to be distributed in a church or educational setting.

This Resource contains all of the following:

Leading Volunteers
Those we lead need to know we care about all aspects of their lives.

What Volunteers Want
Keeping your crew content isn't as hard as you think.

Caregiver Care
Church leaders can be viewed either as workers to fill slots or as fellow ministers who need special care commensurate with their added responsibilities.

Preventing Volunteer Burnout
Three biblical models for effective, lasting ministry.

Holding Volunteers Accountable
Should we just be grateful for whatever they do?

Firing Volunteers
Nobody wants to, but sometimes you have to.

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Also of Interest
Secrets of Recruiting and Keeping Volunteers
Discover useful approaches for one of a church leader's hardest tasks—finding and keeping volunteers.

Discipling Teens
Grow young leaders into spiritual maturity through discipling relationships.

Dearth of a Salesman
What do you do when no one signs up?

Group Effort
Four approaches to congregational evangelism.

Topics:Lay Ministry, Shepherding, Volunteer care, Volunteer training, Volunteers
Filters:Children's ministry, Christian education, Outreach, Pastor, Sunday school, Volunteer, Worship, Worship leader
References:1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, Exodus 18:13-27, 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12
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April 28, 2011  7:22pm

I haven't read the article, even though I like the topics. I can't justify spend the price of a whole book for what may be just a few sheets of download. A whole Kindle ebook from Amazon usually cost between five and ten dollars. Also, I'm only in this site on a 14 day trial, and the first thing I look at costs 14.95? Don't get me wrong, I believe in paying for resources, but this is not going well for you. PS. While volunteers do often come in motivated by feelings, I agree with you, we need to hold them accountable... That's discipling them as we are called to do.

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April 14, 2011  6:20pm

Some people would ask why not take advantage of people wanting to volunteer, as so few people get involved. I would suggest leaders make it their duty to support people by praying with them for direction about their calling and being brave enough to be straight with them if the answer is a negative, as hard as it might be? Being called is no only about being a pastor, preacher, evangelist or missionary for example – the ‘superstars’ but someone can be called to clean the Church building, be the watchman, an intercessor praying on other people’s behalf. It they do it as an act of worship and obedience, they have their reward from God. Maybe people don't get involved because we don’t value every part of the Body, and have developed a ‘guru’ mentality. Let’s appreciate every member and their part in the Body, and we won’t have to be pleading for people to fill spaces but to take their place as God wants them to. Ref. Matt 20:1-16, Matt 24:46, 1 Cor 12:16-18, Rev 22:12, Eph 4:16.

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Jacqueline HALL

April 14, 2011  4:41pm

Why cultivate "volunteers"? There are several problems with this term. A volunteer is someone who will give their time and effort as long as it suits them. If things go wrong they quit. The Word says the workman who is worthy of his wages, and we are told by Jesus that those labours who come last receive the same reward as those who come first. Workers and labourers get pay/rewards, volunteers don’t. Volunteers are motivated by emotions rather than their calling. They fill a space for a period, and may be seen as doing the Church a favour, or doing it because they favourite leader has requested they participate and are not encouraged to find their true part in the Body. Can leaders please encourage their congregation to seek God for recognition and understanding of their own specific gifting(s)? Contd/....

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