Does your church depend on volunteers to accomplish the work of the ministry? Wayne Corderio said this (and its really, really powerful):
Im 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 weve learned about volunteers in the church. Its called The Seven Deadly Sins of Volunteer ministry and its absolutely free. You can download the entire eBook right here, but here are the seven deadly sins.
- Not saying thanks. Just because someones reward is in heaven doesnt mean they dont need to hear thank you here on earth.
- Not writing a job description. If people dont know what to expect, its hard for them to win.
- Asking people to serve forever. Volunteering in church shouldnt be a life sentence.
- Asking for help all the time. We found the best churches ask according to plan, not under pressure.
- Too many training meetings. Seriously, can we say goodbye to useless and uninspiring training meetings?
- Not having fun. Why cant serving be fun and fulfilling?
- Using people to get things done. Pastoring people involves shepherding them, not just giving them a list of task.
Thats just a summary. The free eBook explains a little more.