Five Reasons Your Volunteers Quit

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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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

Click here to read the full article and the remaining three reasons volunteers leave.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 80 church growth resources and 15+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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