Your Volunteers Are Passionate About What They Do

Wayne Stocks —  June 8, 2011

Welcome back to our series exploring 27 things your volunteers want you to know but might be unwilling to tell you.  We are in the first grouping of things all related to the issue of passion, and the very first thing these volunteers want you  to know is, drum roll please:

#1 – Your Volunteers are Passionate About What They Do

This is an important truth that you should never let go of.  Your volunteers are passionate about what they do!  They are passionate about serving kids and seeing kids enter the kingdom of God.  God may not have called us to full-time paid children’s ministry, but that does not mean that we are less passionate about kids than you or anyone else “on staff.”  In many instances, these volunteers are even more passionate.  After all, they work 40-50-60 hours a week and still dedicate countless hours to children’s ministry.  Never presume that your volunteers are just showing up to do a job.  Recognize that this is their passion and use that passion to your advantage.  Don’t do anything in your role as a leader to negatively impact or dissipate that passion.

Many times I have encountered leaders who failed to recognize this passion.  They assume that their volunteers are there to show up and do what they agreed to do without much more.  They assume that volunteers are not willing to put in the time or the effort to help the ministry and the Kingdom grow.  Don’t fall victim to this way of thinking.  Recognize the gift that God has given you in the form of volunteers who share your passion, oftentimes maybe even exceed your passion, for ministry.  Feed their passion and let their passion feed your own.  The results will be amazing.  We will talk more about using your volunteers passions in the next installment of this series.

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.

7 responses to Your Volunteers Are Passionate About What They Do

  1. I’ve been trying to spend more time with and pay more attention to my volunteers, so I’m thrilled that you’ve begun a series focused on them. You are so right—volunteers are passionate about what they do. At least, if all volunteers are like those on my team, they sure are! I try to make a point of thanking my volunteers for their hard work each and every day, because I know that without them, I’d be in a heck of a lot of trouble!

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