52 Ways: #3 Volunteer

Volunteer in an area of constant need – one that he mentions often.

Do you know the areas of greatest need in your church? Quite often they are the ones your pastor or a ministry team leader mentions frequently from the pulpit or in the weekly bulletin. Is the nursery in need of workers? Is the parking lot a zoo between services? What about clean up after/between services?

One of the biggest headaches in church leadership is filling the constant need for volunteers. The church can only pay a limited number of people for their services and must rely on volunteers to fill in the gaps. There are fun jobs. Those get filled pretty quickly. Then there are the not-so-fun jobs. Those are the ones that seem to have a permanent place in the church bulletin “Help Needed” section. Have you ever given thought to volunteering for one of those?

“Yeah, but I don’t do well with screaming babies.”

“Yeah, but I can hardly manage to clean my own house properly each week. I don’t have time to help keep the church clean!”

“Yeah, but it gets pretty hot in the summer and pretty cold in the winter. I don’t like standing out in the elements directing traffic.”

“Yeah, but _________________________________________________.”

I’ll bet we all can find some excuse to fill in the blank rather than volunteering.

After all, church is a place where you can leave your kids for an hour-and-a-half and let someone else care for them.

Church is a place with sparkling floors and restrooms and a hygienic kitchen where you can grab that cup of coffee before service.

Church is a place where bulletins are stuffed, prayer cards are send out weekly, and equipment is set up and torn down by happy church leprechauns, thus leaving us free of any personal responsibility!!

Sadly, there are no real church leprechauns and the majority of the work is done by a very small minority (less than 20%) of the people; which includes the pastor, his wife, and his family members! Ask any PK (Pastor’s Kid) about those dreaded 7:30 am phone calls from dad requesting that they get there early to clean toilets and empty trashcans because someone dropped the ball. Good times……

So, if you want to care for your pastor. Volunteer! For the hard stuff! No one is looking for a lifelong commitment, but a few hours here and there go a long way in actually showing your pastor that you care.

Can you think of a few areas that you could volunteer your services? What might those be? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Any pastors out there? In what areas of your church do you have the greatest need for volunteers?


**We recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry.  We try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun.  The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse.  We hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.

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