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I work in an after school program with two other people (all of us part-time) and a handful of volunteers. As with most ministries, we are highly dependent on our volunteers to have an impact on the children who come and who want to come. In fact, we currently have a waiting list due to an insufficient amount of leaders.
Recently, in a discussion about volunteers in our program, someone told me that we need to treat all volunteers the same. According to this logic, because all volunteers give something, they are equally valuable, and should be given parallel responsibilities and privileges.
Volunteers do have equal value, but that’s because value is intrinsically from the God who created us and saved us.
But volunteers are also different. They have:
- Different strengths,
- Different levels of responsibility, and
- Different rewards.
Therefore, they should not all be treated the same.
Volunteers with unique skills, experiences, and passions should contribute in specific ways. The failure to recognize and act on this principle is one of the biggest mistakes a leader can make. It’s one way that I erred for years in ministry. I would see a need and then look for any warm body to fill it.