Do you have a volunteer problem? Hopefully not. Many churches go through times when they just don’t have enough hands on deck. Finding people to fill positions is challenging but rewarding.
What happens when a volunteer quits? Before you see another volunteer walk out the door, ask the right questions. Here are the top five reasons volunteers are quitting, and what to do about it:
Lack of Time. Many volunteers walk away from their positions because they just don’t have the time. Work commitments, children’s activities and family responsibilities can make volunteering a challenge. Even when the volunteering commitment is only monthly, some people bow out because of time constraints.
Find ways to engage people outside the normal volunteering schedule. Maybe they’re too busy on weekends but have time on Tuesday afternoon or could do something remotely from home. Get creative about finding time and space for people to use their gifts for the Kingdom.
Unclear Role Another big reason people quit is because their role was poorly defined. Whether it’s leading a small group of kids or simply greeting at a door, it’s important to offer clear explanations of all volunteer roles. Never assume people know the job you’re asking them to do.
Continual training is vital to the health of all your volunteer positions. Provide clear training at least twice yearly, and follow up with refreshers regularly.
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