No church can function properly without volunteers. Hopefully those volunteers feel called to do the things they are doing in church ministry. When it comes to volunteerism – work for no pay – feeling called to do what you are doing is of utmost importance. It will keep a person focused and on task, as well as guard against burnout.
While it is important for volunteers to feel “called” to their ministry, it is equally important for them to feel appreciated. Of course, ministry is for the kingdom, and our real reward comes from God, but appreciation is like giving a tall glass of ice water to a farmer working in the field. Appreciation brings refreshment.
Recently, the blessing team of our women’s involvement ministry blessed some of our “behind the scenes volunteers” with a token of appreciation. Here is a sample they gave me:
This is such a clever idea! Simply purchase latte related items and attach a note to it that reads, “Thanks a “latte” for all you do!”. The blessing team left these appreciation gifts in the volunteers’ Sunday School class or work area one Sunday, which also gave them some public recognition. It was a quick and simple project that meant a lot to the volunteers.
What quick and simple appreciation gifts have you given to volunteers? Let me know in the comments section. Our women’s involvement teams are always looking for some fun ideas. To see some of our other ideas, follow us (Joppa) on Pinterest here.
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Author Gina Duke is a wife, mother and Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church where she has created a women’s involvement ministry called “Joppa”. This idea is just one of its many idea starters for ministry projects. Gina is also a speaker and With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. Ms. Duke also blogs and offers numerous videos and resources at GinaDuke.com. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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