Every church is really a community of volunteers. Over the years I've learned (and I'm still learning) how to encourage God's people to get involved in serving others. There is always a need--always a place where people can get plugged in. But how do you care for your volunteers and keep them excited about where they are serving? Like I said, I have much to learn, but here's an acrostic (V.E.T.S.) I'm using to evaluate whether or not I'm creating and maintaining a volunteer (servant) culture in our family ministry. Vision
- Am I providing a clear, consistent, and compelling vision to this area of ministry?
- Do my volunteers see the big picture behind what they are doing?
- Do they know how their ministry fits into the overall vision of the church?
- Do they feel genuinely supported?
- Do they feel like an important part of the team?
- Are they growing spiritually under my leadership and care?
- Am I providing the right kind of training that equips them for the work of the ministry?
- Do they feel prepared and ready to serve?
- Do they know what "success" would look like in their area of service?
- Do they have room to operate in their area of gifting?
- Am I micromanaging everything?
- Do they feel a sense of ownership and excitement about their place of service?
I may ask these questions to the many volunteers who serve with me. Would you add anything?