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Volunteers get tired. Even the most committed, faithful ones. If you want to keep them for the long haul, then you have to infuse them with new life during these times.

Here are four ways to give your volunteers a breath of fresh air:

1. New volunteers. New volunteers bring fresh energy with them. Many times, tired volunteers feel like they are in this alone and are carrying the weight by themselves. Placing a new volunteer beside them will encourage and inspire them.

2. New Role. A tired volunteer may feel like they are stuck in a role that no longer challenges them. Moving them to a new role can give them fresh energy and passion.

3. New Vision. Perhaps they’ve gotten so down in the weeds of weekly ministry that they’ve lost sight of the big picture. All they can see is glue sticks, crafts to prepare, nursery sheets to change or lessons to teach. Remind them why they are serving. Help them pull back and see the vision they are part of.

4. New Curriculum. Sometimes volunteers get tired of teaching the same curriculum year after year. Giving them something fresh and different might be just what they need.

The floor is yours. What are some other ways you breathe new life into your volunteers?  Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Dale Hudson has served in children and family ministry for over 24 years. He is the director of children’s ministries at Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach, Fla. He was recently named one of the top 20 influencers in children’s ministry. He is the co-author of four ministry books, including Turbocharged: 100 Simple Secrets to Successful Children’s Ministry. Visit Dale at

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