7 Rules To Help Volunteers Show Up*

  1. Never have a meeting without a purpose. Do not waste people’s time by having a meeting that has no real agenda or purpose. Better yet, make sure you have more then one purpose.
  2. Do something. Not many people like to come to meetings, so make sure they feel like they did something when they leave.
  3. Try to make it so they don’t have to make a special trip to the church. Sure, this can’t always be avoided, but if you can have a meeting that piggy backs other things it makes the days longer, but wont take an extra day for them.
  4. Be clear, if you have an agenda say so! Don’t lead them around the room pushing them to come to a decision that you have already made. Don’t act like you have all the answers, when you really have no clue.
  5. Limit the time and stick to it. If you tell them that the meeting will be an hour… make sure it stops at an hour.
  6. Inspire them! Volunteers are not obligated to be there… make sure you always remind them and help them to remember why they give their time, energy, money, and life to the ministry. Stories and dreams keep volunteers alive.
  7. Teach them something they can use. Volunteers, for the most part, don’t need to know the ends and outs of youth ministry. They do however need to know how to control a group of teens or how to keep teens focused.

The most important thing you can do is to inspire the volunteers. They must be reminded over and over again about why they are doing what they are doing. We all must be reminded of the same thing from time to time.

*Jacob Fasig


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