Go the extra mile to help volunteers learn to know and love one
another too. There is great value in the team approach.
1. Thou shalt not place people in areas where they are not gifted. Don't become tempted to plug a hole simply because the need is there. Get to know your people and discover their areas of giftedness. Use them in ministry accordingly.
2. Thou shalt not recruit volunteers without clear expectations being made. It's critical that, up front, people know what they're committing to. Get specific. Give times of arrival, what is expected as far as training, and when the position will conclude.
3. Thou shalt not ask someone to do something that you, yourself, are not willing to do. As the leader, you are the ultimate servant.
4. Thou shalt not be unreachable. Make sure that your volunteers know that you are always available to them. Be proactive with communication. Text your volunteers every couple of weeks and ask how you can best pray for their family.
5. Thou shalt not be ungrateful. Your volunteers need to know that you value their sacrifice of time, talent, and resource. Find ways to thank them often. Keep a running list on your calendar and show appreciation quarterly. Go all out on special occasions and holidays.
6. Thou shalt not create "Lone Rangers." Ministry is way more fun (and effective) when done as a team. Go the extra mile to help volunteers learn to know and love one another too. There is great value in the team approach.
7. Thou shalt not be a dictator. Sometimes it's necessary as a leader to make tough calls or hard decisions. Other times, it's wise to consider the counsel of one who has invested his/her time in a particular ministry. Allow volunteers to weigh in when appropriate.
8. Thou shalt not be luke-warm. Set a Godly example for your volunteer staff. Let them see Jesus in you from the way you greet them even though you're up to your armpits in tasks, to the way you react in the midst of a ministry crises. Your witness is definitely on the line.
9. Thou shalt not compromise excellence. Offering God our absolute best is what all great leaders strive for. Ask the same of your volunteer staff. Are they in a rut? Get them to a conference, networking, or purchase new resources for them.
10. Thou shalt not overlook people. We often get into a rut in ministry and ask the same people to do the same things over and over. Consider looking in new places to get volunteers. Maybe consider someone older who is quietly blending into the woodwork. Perhaps a teenager who is marginal and is looking to be included in a group. Consider the non-obvious.
When it comes to volunteers in your ministry what are some of your "Thou Shalt Nots?"