For someone to volunteer they must have time. And most of your church volunteers are going to have a limited supply of that commodity.
On average, people have about 3-5 hours to give to the church a week (and those hours include Sunday morning worship). Having that as my rule of thumb means that every hour that a volunteer gives is valuable and it reminds me that their time isn't an inexhaustible resource.
- With this in mind I want to make sure that I am asking my volunteers to do work that fits with their gifts and passions.
- I want to make sure I am prepared and organized as a staff person when the volunteers are ready to serve.
- I want to make sure I am constantly thankful for their time and effort, never to take them for granted.
- And lastly, I want to make sure that I always looking and challenging new people to step up and volunteer, not always going to the same people all the time...because if I do that, I risk stretching people beyond their capacity and burning them out.