You Matter To Your Volunteers

January 14th, 2010

Often times we volunteers forget how important you are to us.  We forget how you not only lead and guide the students at our church, but you also lead and guide us.  I know at times we gripe and complain that things are not as organized as we would like, but without you we would be missing the most important person to our student ministry. When we are having a personal crisis you are there with us in friendship and prayer.  When we need advice, you offer good, sound biblical guidance.  You also guide us in our own spiritual journey, as we help students help students in their own.

We watch the way you live your everyday life and see how you respond to your spouse, children, church leaders, and the other volunteers on our team.  We look to your example in learning what it means to be a Christ follower.  You teach us to be better spouses, better parents, better leaders and better followers.  Remember that you are valuable to us as we strive to become more like Christ.

When it comes to touching the lives of students in our church, we want to be a help to you.  We want to learn how we can make your job easier.  Thank you for the team building exercises, the books to read, and leadership meetings.  These resources help us grow as co-leaders with you, so we can be more effective at touching students lives.  Without you ,wwe wouldn’t be able to lead others as effectively. You trust us and equip us and you give us the freedom to fail.

Sometimes we forget to thank you for all your hard work.  There are moments you probably wondering we see the vision for the group and if we are behind know.  Know that we are.  We may not always remember to pray for you on a daily basis but we are praying for you, because you matter to us.

We will do our best to remember what the Bible says in Hebrews 13: 17-19, “Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them? Pray for us. We have no doubts about what we're doing or why, but it's hard going and we need your prayers. All we care about is living well before God.”

Thank you for being the leader of our student ministry, for the long hours you put in, for the appreciation you show to us, and for your friendship.  We may take you for granted at times, but that’s only because we know you’ll always be there.  But we need you to teach us how to be better followers.  We need you because you matter to us, your volunteer staff.


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