10 Keys to Creating Passionate Volunteers

August 22, 2017
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Podcast Episode #356

Ministries run on the backs of volunteers. Here are ten ways you can invest in your volunteers to create passionate servants in your ministry.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • You are more likely to recruit a volunteer with vision than with responsibilities.
  • Having an end date or break times built in will help with recruiting volunteers.
  • There are so many ways to honor volunteers and make them feel appreciated.
  • If something is going to get done, someone needs to be responsible for getting it done.
  • Healthy relationships have healthy communication.
  • Don’t guilt trip volunteers into staying.
  • When a volunteer quits, find out why.

The 10 keys we discuss for creating passionate volunteers are:

  1. Tie their work to the vision of the church.
  2. Consider recruiting with specific end dates.
  3. Recruit toward a member’s passion.
  4. Honor your volunteers at least once a month.
  5. Volunteer recruitment and retention should be the priority of the pastor.
  6. Get your best leaders to oversee volunteer recruitment and retention.
  7. Communicate openly and frequently with volunteers.
  8. Recruit through relationships.
  9. Provide periodic checkups.
  10. Allow volunteers to quit honorably.

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