New Season = New Volunteer Energy (5 Ideas)

There are certain automatic entry points in the calendar year of ministry and fall is one of the big ones. People are naturally thinking about new routines. The summer has been refreshing, but the fall is a new start. As a leader, you have the opportunity to infuse new energy in your ministry, while refocusing, … Read more

Go For No’s

If you are needing to ask volunteers to help serve or request donations for some event, here’s one great tip: Most people have a goal for how many people say, “yes.” But, if you want to get motivated, have a goal of how many people you want to say, “no” before you quit asking. When … Read more

Volunteer Motivator: Satisfaction

There are many factors to volunteer motivation, including vision, mission, invitation, success, ownership, connection, belonging and satisfaction. This post is on satisfaction as a motivator. Ultimately, we want volunteers to have a sense of satisfaction from serving in their role.  Even in times of frustration or critiquing – which is needed for things to improve and … Read more

Volunteer Motivator: Mission & Vision

There are many factors to volunteer motivation, including vision, mission, invitation, success, ownership, connection, belonging and satisfaction. This post is on mission and vision as a motivator. Probably more than the others, these two aspects work in reverse.  When there isn’t a vision, people wain.  As Proverbs says, without vision the people perish. If there isn’t a … Read more

Volunteer Motivator: Ownership

There are many factors to volunteer motivation, including vision, mission, invitation, success, ownership, connection, belonging and satisfaction.  This post is on ownership as a motivator. We ultimately want the volunteers in our ministries and organization to take ownership.  Once they have grasped the vision and possibility for impact through their role, then they are hooked, … Read more

Volunteer Motivator: Connection & Belonging

There are many factors to volunteer motivation, including vision, mission, invitation, success, ownership, connection, belonging and satisfaction. This post is on connection and belonging as a motivator. Belonging is a powerful force.  For most people in your church, the question isn’t if they will belong – it’s where?  People will spend their days doing things … Read more

Volunteer Motivator: Invitation

There are many factors to volunteer motivation, including vision, mission, invitation, success, ownership, connection, belonging and satisfaction. This post is on invitation as a volunteer motivator. This aspect of volunteer motivation can be found in scripture.  Jesus was always calling people to follow, to come and see, to check it out. Some people will never volunteer … Read more

Volunteer Motivator: Success

There are many factors to volunteer motivation, including vision, mission, invitation, success, ownership, connection, belonging and satisfaction.  This post is on success as a motivator. Volunteers aren’t motivated by money.  They can’t be motivated by force.  But, they can be motivated by the success they experience.  So, one big goal for the leader is to help … Read more