Some thoughts on “A positive volunteer culture in your church.”

  1. If VOLUNTEERING is thought of as a burden put upon you by staff or leaders, it will bring no blessing to the individual or your church. If volunteering is thought of as a privileged opportunity given by God with vision, mission and ministry fulfillment, it will bring blessing to the individual and to the church.


  1. PSALM 110:3 (NKJ) “Your people shall be volunteers.” PSALM 110:3 (NIV) “Your troops shall be willing on you day of battle.” The two translations of this verse give a picture of the volunteer taking the stance of a soldier on duty, being willing to stay at his post on duty.


  1. HONOURING VOLUNTEERS: We do “Volunteers of the Month” publicly after our service in the café with a “speech” and gift vouchers. We try to keep a good mix of age, gender, department, long term in the church, shorter term in the church. We keep a list, so that over a 24 month period, many volunteers will be represented.


  1. “We are a staff led church that equips and releases volunteers to do the ministry.” (Steve Hall – Kalamunda Church of Christ)




  1. A time to thank volunteers and celebrate with them.
  2. A time to train and equip.
  3. An atmosphere that is encouraging, invigorating and motivating. You will get something from the gathering that you won’t get from the notes or DVD or Youtube presentation. ‘Taught & Caught’
  4. The commitment of other volunteers will lift all volunteers.
  5. The volunteers will catch the idea of a team of fellow labourers with Christ.
  6. The opportunity to refresh vision and clarify strategy as people get on the same page again: “vision needs to be recast every 26 days) (Rick Warren on the “Nehemiah Principle.”)
  • Project achievement.
  • How people have been helped.
  • Stories that ignite confidence.
                    8. CUSTOMISED TRAINING & EQUIPPING: Both skills training and attitudinal training.
                      Attitudinal training is generic (the same for everyone); skills training is customized to the specific                            role in which the volunteers serve.
  • We do Connect Group Leaders (facilitators) Seminars separate to other volunteer seminars.
  • Leaders of volunteer teams need not just “at the coal face” skills, but training on how to motivate people, organize rosters (Elvanto), and build team morale. (Departmental leaders require a different skill set and therefore need different training! They need to develop skills and expertise in solving more complex problems and dealing generally with strategic issues.)
  • Michael E Gerber, in his book The E-Myth, writes about the leader of a business or organization needing to work on his business, not just in it. The same holds true for the leader of a volunteer team.
                      9. ATTITUDINAL TRAINING: we all need this: positive attitudes, spiritual maturity in dealing with                            obstacles and difficult situations and people. We need to develop in humility, kindness, faithfulness,                        optimism, hospitality, discipline, love, integrity and dedication and commitment. (Philippians 4:8;                            Galatians 5:22-26; Proverbs 23:7 MKJ)
                      10. PRAYER: (“The church without prayer is like Samson without hair.” Phil Pringle)
  • Upcoming events.
  • Current projects.
  • Church finances.
  • More volunteers.


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