Leading a volunteer ministry can be difficult. Volunteers sacrifice their time away from their families, their jobs, and their other responsibilities and interests. They are not required to stick with you or your kids ministry, so you want to make sure that you are proactive in showing them your appreciation.
Here are ten effective ways you can show appreciation to your volunteers:
1. Say it publicly
Every opportunity you have: in a meeting, in front of the kids, in front of the church, in whatever public setting you are in - brag on your team. Thank them for their tireless efforts in reaching kids for the Kingdom.
2. Say it privately
Take your volunteers to lunch periodically (keep a list and work down the list in a strategic way). Tell them honestly and clearly what they mean to you and the kids ministry. Be specific.
3. Say it creatively
Leave them a short note on the counter in their classroom or area of ministry with a creative twist. Example: a $5 Starbucks gift card with a note that says "Thanks A Latte!" (For lots of creative ideas like this, check out this post)
4. Say it sincerely
Sit down and write them a card that details the reasons why they, individually, are invaluable to the team. Cite a specific instance you have witnessed recently of how they have made an impact in the life of a kid.
5. Say it digitally
Send them an unexpected text, email, or Facebook message that says, "Just wanted you to know I am thankful to have you on our Kids Ministry team!"
6. Celebrate their birthday
Send them a card, show up at their door with a "Happy Birthday" singing flash mob, whatever! People love to be honored on their special day!
7. Equip them
Buy them a book or resource that you know will make them better at their ministry position. Write a note in the front cover to let them know you appreciate their commitment to growth.
8. Feed them
Invite the team over to your house for a BBQ. Make it a fun game night. Don't have a "meeting" or have an "agenda." Make your agenda celebrating the team and showing your love and appreciation.
9. Photograph them
Take a picture of them serving in their area of ministry. Print it and write a note on the back. You could even have some of the kids in their class/ministry sign the back.
10. Pray for them
Spend time praying for them. Find out their spiritual needs and bring those before the Father. Then, send a quick text or a note that says, "Just wanted you to know that I prayed for you today. Thanking our Heavenly Father for sending you to our Kids Ministry Team."
What about you? What are some effective ways you have used to show appreciation for your volunteers? Share some of your ideas in the comments section. You will help a lot of folks in the Kidmin Community.