In the entire realm of my work, there’s no leadership principle so rich than principles aligned to the guidance and teachings of God. Taking shortcuts, offer no completeness. The scope of Christian leadership must showcase several values such as integrity, moral ethics, spiritual maturity, a strong prayer life, and sacred speech and actions. In integrity, though, we find God’s truths, which make moral ethics, spiritual maturity, and a strong prayer life, more feasible.
Acts of service to the church were introduced in the first writings on this topic. The primary focus was on some of the leaks I have experienced when working with church leaders in this capacity. The jump today, briefly discusses units that could offer some resolve pertaining to staffing a volunteer program.
A discussion I recently had with a nonprofit volunteer leader was both hearth-breaking and yet it was hopeful. It exposed some of the trials these groups are faced with specifically concerning everyday work. Finding volunteers for big events, is the easiest task of all. However, days other than these moments, can be a difficult feat.
Why is that?
Even in large churches, the development of some volunteer programs continues to grow. Front-facing views often show that all processes are apparently streamlined; however, behind- the-scenes procedure to application, can be chaotic. Chaos, based on clashing personalities, no leadership guidance, and simply put, no proper direction. Some may say…so what about behind-the-scenes? If things are moving along well, why be concerned about what occurs behind the curtains? This thought direction carries the greatest issue. Here’s why. If leaders do not care about what’s going on behind-the-scenes, then how is it possible to lead with compassion, integrity, and kindness? Empathy and assurance must always be given to each volunteer member regardless. No one should ever be taken for granted.
From the beginning of any church plant, leaders must design a volunteer policy that embraces high standards. If these forms of policies are not created from the onset, then be prepared to back pedal, in the middle of disorder, while wasting valuable time, which could be spent in bringing more people to know Christ.
Many considerations should encompass a volunteer policy. These may include:
- Update volunteer application forms each year and be sure to specify the last date form was updated
- On a yearly basis, determine the types of programs your organization will have
- Determine the roles for each person and the number of people your organization will need to fill these positions
- Create an on-call volunteer method
- Place volunteers aligned to each person’s skills
- Set up a volunteering log with names, emails, and phone numbers for each person. There are several software programs or website add-ons to help you with this. Provide access to every volunteer. Be sure to provide a privacy clause before access is granted
- Make sure all background checks are completed in a timely manner, and readily available if proof is needed
- Reward your volunteers each year with a carefully presented appreciation
Now, let’s consider character traits of your church volunteer. In a volunteer of the church, it’s vital to consider how important spiritual maturity is to you. Do you only accept people in your program who has walked the Christian path for some time or are newcomers to the church welcomed? If newcomers are welcomed, what steps do you have in place to make sure this group is nurtured and unswervingly know of wondrous Jesus Christ?
The apostle Paul said goodbye to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20:17-28) specifically, because it was their role to be dedicated to a ministry of caring for, and guiding the sheep (me, you, and volunteers, too). As Christian leaders you are the elders Paul spoke to. It is your responsibility to not only port a continuous school of modeling and building of spiritual maturity, but likewise, consistently offer deeper and exceptional leadership and fellowship competence.
People who serve the church, serve God. As leaders led by God, serve your volunteers through living examples of Christ and by always delivering His vital message to His people.
Next week we look at other factors of character pertaining to volunteer programs in the church. I look forward to this discussion.
Rev. M. Charlotte Oliver