Fun Ways to Discover the Gifts and Interests of Your Volunteers

Fun Ways to Discover the Gifts and Interests of Your Volunteers
November 30, 2016 Bob D'Ambrosio
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Who says helping your volunteers discover their gifts and passions has to be hard? Here are some simple and fun ideas to use with the people at your church to help them find a ministry.

Vanity Plate Reveal–Create a license plate frame template, leaving the center blank. Print enough copies for your team. Have people write combinations of letters and numbers to define what they enjoy or do best. Share the designs with each other, challenging people to guess what each license plate means. Let each person explain their customized creation and how it defines their uniqueness.

Discovery Bag–Fill a large gift bag with items representing a variety of interests, such as arts, sciences and sports. For example, you might include a paintbrush, test tube, golf ball, and other small objects. In a small group, have people explore the contents of the bag and choose items that best describe what they enjoy doing. Ideas could be general such as “I like to work with kids,” or specific, such as “I enjoy computer website design.”

Vacation Destination–Ask people: “If you could travel anywhere in the world to make an impact on a community, where would you go, and why?” Invite people to share locations and types of projects they’d like to do. Their answers can help people discover passions for a specific population (Asian), situation (poverty), or gift area (teaching). Look for ways to match their passions with opportunities your ministry offers. You might even discover someone who is ready to champion a mission trip.

Million Dollar Giveaway–You just inherited a million dollars…but there’s a catch. All the money has to be spent on a charity to meet a need no one else is meeting. Ask people to respond to this scenario, and see how it reflects an area of their interest. When I posed this question to a group of new members, a 20-something man told me he would use the money to support kids who don’t have fathers. His parents divorced when he was young, and he never knew his dad. It was an easy match to hook him up with Kids’ Hope USA, a ministry that connects at-risk kids with caring mentors.

Bob D’Ambrosio is a 25-year veteran of frontline church ministry and now serves with Group’s content solutions team. He’s a trainer for volunteer equipping, a Refresh the Church blogger, and a ministry coach for Group U. Bob is a contributing author and general editor of the E4:12 Bible Study Series Better Together: Connecting to God and Others and Leading Out: Connecting People to Purpose.

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