Your Volunteers Want You To Use Their Passion

Wayne Stocks —  June 21, 2011

FireA few weeks ago, I started a new series called, “What Do Your Volunteers Want from You?”  The purpose of this series is to explore those things that your volunteers wish their leaders knew but may be unwilling to tell them.  A couple of weeks ago, we started the series with our first item from the Passion category called, “Your Volunteers Are Passionate About What They Do!”  Today, we will continue the series with our second thing your volunteers wish you knew in the category of Passion and that is:

#2 – Your Volunteers Want You To Use Their Passion

Our goal, as volunteers, is to reach kids with the Gospel of Christ and give them a foundation in Him. We want and desire that you utilize that passion to help make your children’s ministry better and reach even more kids.  As volunteers, we are not in this for recognition or accolades.  As a leader, we want you to utilize our passion, both individually and collectively, to bring glory to God.  Find a way to harness the passion of your volunteers to improve the ministry.  Ask us our opinions about what is going on in the ministry. Give us responsibility and a sense of ownership of part of the children’s ministry.  This will allow us to pour our passion into that are and let it flow freely. Talk to us about what we want to see in the children’s ministry and what doesn’t seem to be working to us. You might not implement every idea, but you have at your disposal people who are working on the front lines and who are also passionate about God’s kids. Take advantage of that resource!  Figure out where in the ministry our passion can be best utilized and put us there to flourish and make that part of the ministry the best it can be.  Passion is like a fire, and that fire needs to continually be fueled in order to stay lit.  Give your volunteers an outlet for their passion for children’s ministry or risk squelching that fire!

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.

5 responses to Your Volunteers Want You To Use Their Passion

  1. I love the idea Wayne. It’s something I don’t do enough of as a Kids’ Pastor. What are some ways we can do this better in the local church?

    • Jeff,

      You’re tempting me to jump ahead in the series. 🙂 I hope many of the remaining items will help to flesh this out a little more.

      Thanks for the comment!

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