Say “Thank You” to Volunteers
The volunteers in our churches are my heroes in so many ways. They sacrifice their time, talent, and treasure for the ministry. They’re not required to be there, but many times they’re more committed than those of us paid to be there. This is why I always want to make sure I’m saying thank you. Here are some effective ways to show your volunteers you appreciate them:
Show your appreciation in the lobby, after kids’ church, after youth group, or in a handwritten note. Just say thank you, and be specific.
Show appreciation in meetings, in kids’ church, in youth group, and in front of the church. Take every possible opportunity to brag on your team.
Post a thank you on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Send your volunteers a short text or email. Post a brief video on Vine. Let them know you appreciate all they do.
With a Gift
A Starbucks or Dutch Bros. gift card is a great way to show your appreciation. Maybe buy a book that will help your volunteers in their ministry.
Over a Meal
Say thank you over dinner. There’s nothing that better says I appreciate you than a slice of home-baked rhubarb pie—don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
Start a prayer list. Find out your volunteers’ specific needs and pray with them for God’s favor and answer.
As a church leader, I’ve learned that you can’t do effective ministry without a team of volunteers. So tell them thank you, and make sure they know just how valuable they are.
Brian Eno has served in the local church as a Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor for 20 years. He currently serves as Director of Next Generation Ministries with the Oregon Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. Brian resides in Salem, Oregon with his wife Barbara and their son Jonathan. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook @NextGenPastor
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