Three things you should do for your ministry volunteers this week

just-have-a-great-day-merry-christmas-picjumbo-comAt Christmas season people are, generally speaking, in a giving spirit. This is especially true for people who are involved enough in your church to be serving as one of your ministry volunteers. People who are willing to gift their time rarely allow their generosity to stop there. In my experience, people who serve children in local churches are loving, kind and joyful, irregardless of the season. However, let’s be honest, we all amp up the “giving spirit” a bit during the holidays.

Throughout the year, our ministry volunteers give so much to make a difference in our local churches each and every week. Whether it is teaching, leading worship or simply sharing a smile, no church would be the same without these vital leaders. So, with this in mind, here are three things you should do for your ministry volunteers this week:

  1. Say, “Thank you.” Take a moment to send a simple hand-written note, make a phone call, or drop a personal email message to the people who make your ministry work. Express your thanks for their service and list a few ways they have personally had an impact on the ministry. Celebrate some of their successes over the last year and emphasize the specific value the gift of their talents has in God’s Kingdom.
  2. Give them something special. A gift, no matter how small, can go a long way to communicate you care. While giving everyone the same thing is an easy way to manage a large number of gifts, try to make it personal. If you can personalize the gift, even in a small way, it will have a greater impact. You don’t have to exhaust your budget either. One of the most memorable gifts I ever received was a picture of me teaching the kids at my local church with a few small words from the students. Give something which shows “why” you value them. It’s much more special.
  3. Build them up publicly.  When you take a moment to encourage the work your volunteers publicly, you strengthen understanding of the value they add to your ministry. Additionally, you communicate and reinforce the team spirit you are building and create an opportunity to invite others to join your team. Don’t miss an opportunity to thank the many people who make what God is doing in your church possible.

These are just a few ideas, what are ways you’ve found to encourage your volunteer leaders?

 

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Michael Chanley

Michael Chanley is an ordained minister with over 18 years experience serving families and children. He has served in churches with 30 members to ones with over 30,000. He now serves as the President and Executive Director of CMConnect.

He is also the author of “Collaborate: Family + Church” a collaborative work by 35 authors on how the church can impact the family. Chanley is an award winning speaker and does training, consulting and ministry work internationally on issues related to Children’s and Family Ministry. He has travelled to over 34 countries and has a genuine heart to serve and train leaders of leaders with a focus on leadership in the local church and discipleship of children.
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