How to Keep Volunteers on Your Team

Keeping volunteers on your team isn't as difficult as you might think. (Pixels/

If you're going to build a solid volunteer team, then you've got to have volunteers that stay with you for years. You can't have constant turnover and expect to build a thriving team.

So let's talk about why volunteers stay on a team for the long haul.

They like the person they report to. You've heard it said that people don't leave bad jobs; they leave bad bosses.

The same can be said in children's ministry teams.

  • Volunteers leave because of a bad supervisor. And people stay because of a good supervisor.
  • Volunteers stay because their supervisor remembers their birthday and other personal milestones.
  • Volunteers stay because their supervisor invests in them.
  • Volunteers stay because their supervisor walks with them through pain and heartbreak.
  • Volunteers stay because their supervisor knows the names of their children.
  • Volunteers stay because their supervisor cares more about them as a person than about what they can get out of them.

Volunteers stay because they are connected to other volunteers. Relationships is the super glue that keeps volunteers involved. Work hard to create a "we are family" culture. The more connected your team is, the longer they will stick around.

Volunteers stay because they believe in the mission of the ministry.

Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

There is a propelling, passionate mission that they are connected to. Something that is bigger than themselves. Something that is so important that it's worth giving their time, talent and treasure to.

They are in their sweet spot. You place them in a role based not on where you need them, but rather on where they need to be. When a volunteer is in his or her sweet spot, they will thrive. They will enjoy serving. They will stay.

But when they are not placed in their sweet spot, they will quit or stick it out because of their character—but they won't enjoy serving. It will become drudgery instead of delight.

They are inspired. Vision leaks. And when vision leaks, inspiration to serve starts leaking as well. That's why you must continually connect them to the why of their serving.

Focus on doing these things and you will see a better retention rate among your volunteers.

Here's some questions to work through that will help you:

1. What can you do for your volunteers that will cause them to like you more?

2. Do you have any blind spots that can be a turn-off for volunteers? Ask someone close to you and find out what your blind spots are so you can fix them.

3. What are some ways you can become more personally involved in the lives of your volunteers?

4. Is there community among your volunteers? What are some steps you can take to better set them up for building relationships.

5. Do you have a clear, easy-to-remember mission statement? How can you help volunteers become owners of that mission?

6. Are my volunteers in their sweet spot? Am I placing them where I need them instead of where they need to be? What steps can I take to make sure people are being placed in their sweet spot?

7. How can I keep my volunteers inspired? What can I do to raise the passion level in the ministry?

Dale Hudson is a ministry builder. As a children's pastor, he has helped build some of the largest and fastest-growing children's ministries in the country. At Cross Church, he led the children's ministry to double in size. At Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, he helped the church grow from 8,000 to 16,000 in four years with the majority of the growth coming from reaching unchurched families.

For the original article,

Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.

Dr. Mark Rutland's

National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)

The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!

FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.

Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.

The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.

Charisma Leader — Serving and empowering church leaders