The Seven Deadly Sins of Volunteer Ministry

Does your church depend on volunteers to accomplish the work of the ministry?  Wayne Corderio said this (and it’s really, really powerful):

I’m convinced that the influence of a church has on its community will be determined in large part not by the personality of the pastor, the size of its building or how long the ministry has worked in the community. It will be determined instead by the percentage of involvement in the ministry of each member. This marks the transition from attendance to ownership, from being consumers to contributors. – Wayne Corderio in Doing Church as a Team

I just finished writing a short ebook on seven of I things we’ve learned about volunteers in the church. It’s called The Seven Deadly Sins of Volunteer ministry and it’s absolutely free. You can download the entire eBook right here, but here are the seven deadly sins.

  1. Not saying thanks. Just because someone’s reward is in heaven doesn’t mean they don’t need to hear “thank you” here on earth.
  2. Not writing a job description. If people don’t know what to expect, it’s hard for them to win.
  3. Asking people to serve forever. Volunteering in church shouldn’t be a life sentence.
  4. Asking for help all the time. We found the best churches ask according to plan, not under pressure.
  5. Too many training meetings. Seriously, can we say goodbye to useless and uninspiring training meetings?
  6. Not having fun. Why can’t serving be fun and fulfilling?
  7. Using people to get things done. Pastoring people involves shepherding them, not just giving them a list of task.

That’s just a summary.  The free eBook explains a little more.

Click here to get the free eBook on The Seven Deadly Sins of Volunteer Ministry