As leaders most of the people we work with in our ministry are volunteers. It's important that we remember a few things as we minister to them and we allow them to help us minister to others
1. SPUR OF THE MOMENT CHANGES
It's important that we plan well so we can make sure we don't have to make those spur of the moment changes on a regular basis. It should be a shock to most people when we have to do this.
2. THE ONLY CALL AND TEXT VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE ARE WHEN SOMETHING IS NEEDED
We must minister to people and the best way to do that is to communicate well and minister to them as often as you can.
3. WASTING TIME
One of the greatest commodities that people have today is time. We have to make the best use of time and we do this by publicizing start and stop times and stick to them.
4. FORGETTING THEY ARE VOLUNTEERS
It's really easy to become a user of people and sometimes the "same" people. We have to remember that people who are in our ministries are usually full time mothers, employees or students and are gracious to give us the time they give.
5. USING SPIRITUAL WORDS TO MANIPULATE
People love their ministers and pastors and often they respect our leadership. We have to be careful not to use bible words in situations to put pressure on our volunteers. Things like, "submit to my authority" and "God impressed upon me" can be used for the wrong reason.
I am the Worship & Music Catalyst for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.