Forget about the flu. This season, give your volunteers a check-up to see who’s infecting others with the bug to get involved in ministry. Here are 3 cases to sharpen your ability to diagnose your volunteers.
Symptom: Volunteer demonstrates joy while serving.
Diagnosis: Joyful Spirit
Treatment: Ask them to tell you why they enjoy serving in their ministry role. Retell their story to the people of your congregation to promote a culture of involvement.
Symptom: Volunteer seems to serve out of obligation and duty.
Diagnosis: All-work-and-no-play syndrome
Treatment: It’s OK to have fun while serving. Give your volunteer permission to lighten up and not take the demands of ministry too seriously. Model the enjoyment that comes from serving on a ministry team. Introduce elements of fun while on the job, during meetings, and when working together. A team that has fun together, not only stays together, but creates a vibe that invites others to join in.
Symptom: Volunteer serves in an area that does not match their gifting, passion, or interest.
Diagnosis: Square Peg in a Round Hole
Treatment: One reason volunteers do not spread the bug to serve is because they’re not serving in the right role. Being miss-matched makes volunteers feel out of sync. Offer a class to help people discover their uniqueness and match it to a place of service. Potential volunteers often don’t even realize the complete range of service opportunities available. Find the right ministry for the right person.
When you see a volunteer spreading their passion for serving, give them a high five (no hand washing required). When that’s not the case, follow these suggested treatments. Who knows—perhaps you’ll have a service epidemic on your hands!