Do You Appreciate Me? is one of those questions that many people ask inside their head, but often times don’t verbally communicate. This is true in marriages, friendships, professional working relationships, sports… the list goes on and on. I believe this is a question that runs through the minds of volunteers as well; those who are volunteering their time to (blank) cause.
Do You Appreciate Me?
I want to specifically speak to that question as it relates to the people volunteering in churches around the country. Tonight we are having our once a year volunteer appreciation party at all of the LifeChurh.tv Campuses, called the “Big Show” and it will be off the hook. Each campus will uniquely make their event happen; however the central theme for this year is HERO. We love to appreciate our volunteers, they are our Heroes and Jesus is our incomparable Hero. My buddy Scott Rodgers has been heading up the “Big Show” this year and has done a great job.
We clearly understand that our volunteers are serving because they believe in the mission… To Lead People To Become Fully Devoted Followers of Christ. Volunteers are not serving to be appreciated; however they need to know that what they do matters and that they are appreciated. Let’s talk through some things we do and can do to appreciate our volunteers: handwritten notes, saying “Thank You,” taking them to lunch, remembering events (b-days, anniv.), keeping them in the-know, making their recommendations happen, big events, a phone call, allowing them to lead, spending time, recognition, atta-boys… There is a great book called “1001 Ways To Reward Employees” that I used when working in corrections; it has some good ideas.
I would love to hear from those of you who are on staff at a church, volunteer at a church, are thinking about volunteering at a church, have never volunteered at a church… I want to hear from everyone.
- In your opinion what makes you or others who volunteer feel most appreciated?
- What are some unique volunteer appreciation methods or events that you have been a part of?
- Am I just blowing smoke… do people really ask the question “Do You Appreciate Me?”
For those of you who serve for the cause of Christ… Thank You!