Carrying on my series about Volunteer Leaders, here’s the top 10 reasons why volunteer leaders serve, from Don Simmons:

  1. Someone asked them (93%)
  2. Compelling need
  3. Personal connection
  4. Gratitude for being served
  5. Spiritual/ religious beliefs
  6. Social needs
  7. Job skill/ resume’ development
  8. Guilt
  9. Boredom
  10. External influences (family members, influential leaders, advertising)

People serve because of relationship.  They serve when people say let’s do this together.  That motivation outstrips the motivation of “compelling need”.  Therefore a personal invitation is a lot more effective than an announcement from the platform telling people about the BIG need for volunteers.

Are you inviting people to serve with you. Do your own volunteers see it as their role to be relational connectors to get others to join the team?

(Thanks to: Ministry Best Practices)

Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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