Just Ask Me!!!

Wayne Stocks —  April 17, 2012

imageSix months is a long time to let a series sit, but that is exactly what I’ve done.  You might recall that last year I started a series for children’s pastors called Things Your Volunteers Want To Tell You.  The series has been dormant for a while, but since I have 21 things left to share, I think it’s time to fire it back up again! If you are volunteer, I hope that you will read through this series as well.  As a volunteer myself, I have tried to capture the heart of the volunteer in this series, but we need to remember that the onus falls on us too.  If you aren’t willing to have these conversations with your children’s pastor or children’s ministry director, you should at least find ways the accomplish the goal. Previously, we had made our way through the first category of things under the title of Passion and started our second category: Service.  Here is what we’ve covered so far: PASSION

  1. Your Volunteers Are Passionate About What They Do!
  2. Your Volunteers Want You To Use Their Passion!
  3. Share Your Vision With Your Volunteers
  4. Give Your Volunteers Autonomy
  5. Volunteers Need The Opportunity for Advancement

SERVICE Why Trust is Essential to VolunteersToday, we will look at the second thing under the category of service:

JUST ASK ME!!!

I have never been in paid ministry, so I don’t have any personal experience with it, but I’ve had several children’s pastors tell me that they feel guilty about asking their volunteers to do things because they (the children’s pastor) get paid to do it. If you suffer from this problem, I want to help you out with that, so I looked up the term volunteer. Dictionary.com provides the following definitions:

– a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking. – a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

It’s right there in the definition of the word. We volunteers have agreed to do something willingly. All you need to do is ask. Trust that your volunteers will tell you “no” when you’ve asked them to do too much or something unreasonable.  With that trust in mind, go ahead and ask away. After all, we didn’t volunteer to sit around and do nothing. Don’t assume that your volunteers are unwilling or unable.  Until you work up the courage to ask, you will never know for sure!  So, what do you need done?  What do you need someone to take over?  Figure out who the right person is, and go ask them today!

Wayne Stocks

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Wayne is married to a wonderful woman and has four kids whom God uses to teach him on an almost daily basis. He is blessed to volunteer in a wonderful children's ministry at New Life Church Gahanna. He established Kidmin1124 for those who give their time to kids and feel passionately about children's ministry. When he isn't working on Kidmin1124, he maintains another blog at WayneStocks.com and contributes articles on a regular basis to Ministry-to-Children.com.