Loving Your Volunteers

It’s one thing to say “thanks guys” or “great weekend everybody” or “hey, good job today” after a service is completed and the volunteers are shuffling out the door; but it’s another to actively reach out to them on a weekday and just call to love on ’em.

Few things make a person feel more appreciated and loved than when we pour our lives into each other. A pat on the back is nice. A compliment is great. But nothing beats someone authentically reaching out to a volunteer and honestly loving on them and pouring into their life.

If you’re a staff member or a volunteer, today’s your day to call someone and tell them how much they mean to you and how much they are appreciated. Don’t email them. Call them. Then pray with them and transparently share what God is doing in your life so that they can see your genuine Christ-like love and further the relationship.

Email is great for quick reminders or short notes, but our voice carries something that email simply cannot: emotion, tone and warmth.

Here’s what Jesus told us to do:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34

So, today (whenever you’re reading this):

  • Call at least one volunteer today. Not tomorrow. Today. Make the time.
  • Be prepared to spend time talking with them, not just to them.
  • That person who you know you really don’t want to call – yes, that person – call them first.

If you want, come back to this blog and post how God used your time and honest transparency to edify each other.

UPDATE: There’s a real-life story that came from this blog post. Click here to read it.

 

4 Comments

  1. I like the suggestion of personally getting in touch with our volunteers, however there may be some who are uncomfortable on the phone. For me, if you were to call me, I’d be uncomfortable, however if you emailed or caught me on Skype or FB chat I’d love it. I think it’s also about knowing your volunteers, where you serve together, and such.
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    • Becky,

      Would it be uncomfortable if you’d been served, led and shared with in person for weeks/months? A phone call just to say “hi” and see how things are going from a tech leader that only ever talks about the job/tasks could make for a very uncomfortable call; but I wonder if the relationships is built in person if a call would still be uncomfortable?

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  2. A great idea. As a volunteer who leads the other tech volunteers, I need to do this more. Thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Anthony,

    This is an excellent post and an important reminder to pour into the people that pour out along side of us. This is a challenge to me to make this our standard method of operation. Thanks again.

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