I love church volunteers!
Church volunteers are different than paid staff. They are not better or worse than paid staff, they are just different – in a good way!
However, most people in paid ministry positions will work with many more volunteers throughout their ministry lifetime than they do with compensated staff.
Paid staff can be guilty of serving without truly giving. Sometimes they can go about doing what must be done out of necessity and sheer obligation. Ministry service that is done solely out of duty can quickly turn into joy-less activity. In short, when a staff member serves out of obligation, they are not truly giving and working as unto the Lord.
Volunteers, on the other hand, must want to be in their place of service. Since there is no fiscal compensation attached, they must do what they do out of a giving heart.
However, as time wears on, even volunteers can be faced with problems in their service to the church for God. I recently thought about these three remembrances, which can help counter problems in volunteer service. Even if you don’t currently have any issues, it’s best to go ahead and practice remembering these three.
- It’s about ministry. Regardless of the task. Regardless of what it looks like. Regardless of what others think about it. It is a ministry!
- It’s about privilege. Serving God by serving your church and others is not something you deserve to do. It’s not something you have to do. It’s something you get to do. It is a privilege!
- It’s about attitude. Keeping the right attitude is an absolute necessity in serving the Lord. Please don’t allow a wrong attitude (or bad mood) to hinder your service to the Lord. It is about attitude!
Given a choice between the two, I’d have difficulty choosing between volunteer and paid staff. If I were some kind of independently wealthy tycoon, ALL of my ministry staff would be compensated so well that you’d be tempted to envy them.
Who do you think the next paid staff member is?
That’s up to your lead pastor and their leadership. But, the volunteer who does the work of the ministry with no strings attached as they keep these three best practices in mind is a great candidate.
If you serve with excellence for nothing and simply for the sake of the call, then you would most likely make an excellent paid staff member.
Like many of my list articles, much more could be written. What have I not mentioned that immediately comes to your mind about volunteer service?