Why Trust is Essential to Volunteers

Wayne Stocks —  October 13, 2011

imageIt’s been almost two months since the last time I posted an article in our series on what your volunteers want you to know but might not be telling you.  Last time, we finished up in the category of “Passion.”  So far we’ve covered,


  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

Today, we begin a whole new category of things your volunteers want you to know but might not be willing to tell you.  Today, we start talking about SERVICE.

Your volunteers sincerely desire to help you help God’s kids. In order to do that though, they need some things from you, and many volunteers may be unwilling to come right out and ask for these things.  This week, will want to look at:


It is imperative that you find a way to trust the people you have working for you.  Your volunteers are there to help you out.  If you don’t trust them, you’ll never be willing to turn parts of your ministry over to them. And, if you can’t turn parts of your ministry over to other people, it will never grow beyond what you are capable of accomplishing all by yourself.  In other words, if you can’t trust you volunteers, you are dooming your ministry to be a one-man show.

Frankly, this is a lot easier for me to write about than do. I get it! I am a good old fashioned “If you want it done right do it yourself” kind of person. But, you have to learn to put your trust in your volunteers and accept that they won’t always do things the same way you would. So long as their passion and vision align with yours, it will all be OK. In the words of Jim Wideman, those of us who have been in children’s ministry for a while all  learned by “sorrying all over” a group of kids, and you need to trust your volunteers enough to let them do that same!

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.

3 responses to Why Trust is Essential to Volunteers

  1. So true Wayne. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Yes, thanks for this. I like to think I do well with this (and I’m writing a new post / posts about Volunteer Coaches, by the way), but I do struggle. I like things done my way.

    But I know that my ministry (or, rather, God’s ministry that He lets me be involved in) cannot be a Joey-centered show.

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