Tips Learned From The Super Bowl For Energizing Volunteers

Tips Learned From The Super Bowl For Energizing Volunteers
February 9, 2017 Bob D'Ambrosio

I’ll admit it—I wasn’t that interested in the Super Bowl this year because the Broncos weren’t playing. But the Patriots and Falcons fought a good game and I quickly found myself cheering! (I’ll decline to say for which team.) I was caught up with all the hype and excitement.

We can learn a few tips on energizing church volunteers from this legendary football event. After all, everyone wants to be on a winning team. Perhaps these elements can transform your volunteers into Super Bowl Servants:

Identity – Sport fans are quick to wear their team’s colors…and pay big bucks to do so. What if all your Sunday school teachers were identified with the colors of your children’s ministry brand? What if all the guest services volunteers wore attractive hats or t-shirts? Could we create team ministry excitement with brand identity? I think so.

Food – Ever notice how many food commercials they show during the Super Bowl? Wings, nachos, pizza. There’s something about gathering around food that builds community. Even Jesus enjoyed building relationships while at someone’s house for dinner. Look for ways to enjoy snacks, coffee, dessert, or even a full meal with your volunteers. Share food at meetings, training, or appreciation events. How about stocking the volunteer check-in room with special treats and goodies? Don’t forget the donuts.

Cheerleaders – every sports team has them. With pom poms in hand they cheer on the team till the final finish. Who’s cheering for your volunteers? We motivate people to faithful service when we affirm them. It needs to be ongoing, authentic, and personal. Sometimes a pat on the back and a word of encouragement is all someone needs to make it to the fourth quarter!

Community – Did you go to a Super Bowl party? It’s more fun to watch the game with friends. Sometimes the synergy that comes from a group is more energy-producing than when we’re alone. (If you’ve ever been to a stadium with 100,000+ screaming fans, you know what I mean.) Plan times when your volunteers can connect with others who serve—and have some fun. Celebrate God sightings and the great things that have been accomplished as a team.

Determine how you can create your own super servants with lessons learned from the Super Bowl.

Bob D'Ambrosio is a 25-year veteran of church ministry and now serves on Group's training and events team. He's the director of the Equipping Institute, volunteer leadership blogger, and part of Group's content and collaboration team. He coauthored and edited the E4:12 Bible Study Series. Bob and his wife are discovering the joys of empty nest-hood.