Organizations staffed by volunteers require the most leadership of any group. Such organizations must have good leaders, because their volunteers’ only incentive comes through the vision of the leadership. The organization gives no salary, no retirement benefits, no perks.
The fact is, only a small percentage of volunteers do the work. In most congregations, about 20 percent of the members do 80 percent of the ministry. Why is this? Why don’t more people serve?
1. No one has asked them. Hesitant to infringe on someone else’s territory they wait to serve until they’re asked.
2. They have a fear of responsibility. Afraid that duties may force them to become over-committed, they hesitate to do anything.
3. They suffer from past burnout. Having gone from “pillars” to “pew-sitters,” they feel the need to rest and be fed.
4. They’re intimidated by present workers. “Pillars” unwilling to exchange power for fresh ideas keep others idle.
5. They are ignorant of the biblical paradigm for ministry. Many churches don’t model the priesthood of the believer or the truth of Ephesians 4:11, 12.
6. They have a preoccupation with their personal agenda and busyness. Most people play defense with their calendar and the ultimate loses to the immediate.
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21 Christian Growth Issues in the Bible
Jude 3, 20-23
I. No Team Can Succeed Without Good Players
a. Jude 3, 20-23
II. Hiram Sends Huram-Abi to Solomon
a. 2 Chron. 2:1-18
b. 2 Chron. 4:11-16
III. Jesus Begins Choosing His Disciples
a. Luke 5:1-11
b. John 1:35-51
IV. A Team is Recruited to Go to the Believers in Antioch
a. Acts 15:22-41
From Sinners To Saved
1 Cor. 6:9-11
I. Sin Will Keep You Out of Heaven
a. 1 Cor. 6:9
b. Matt. 25:34
c. 1 Cor. 15:50
d. 2 Pet. 1:11
II. Sinners Can Be Saved By Christ
a. 1 Cor. 6:11
b. Acts 18:8b
III. You Don’t Have To Be What You Were
a. 1 Cor. 6:11
b. Titus 2:11-12
7. They feel untrained, ill-equipped, and ungifted. Many people mistakenly believe that only trained or gifted people can serve and, since they have no training or special gifts, they don’t qualify.
8. They’re unaware of the options available. Most leaders wrongly assume that people know the vast opportunities that exist.
9. They don’t “own” the cause. Many would sign up for a ministry if they could only catch a vision for the big picture.
10. They are selfish, lazy, and indifferent. Some don’t get involved simply because they don’t care for anything but themselves.
So, what can be done to mobilize volunteers? Let’s try:
1. Scheduling ministry interviews with new people to explain the opportunities
2. Offer training for every position. Model servanthood.
3. Match ministry opportunities with gifts.
4. Constantly publicize available ministry options.
5. Make ministry involvement part of membership.
6. Create several entry-level positions for the new apprehensive person.
7. Teach and cast vision on the priesthood of the believer- everyone has a gift to use.
8. Develop realistic commitment blocks for people to share the load.
9. Rotate as many ministry positions as possible to make room for new people.
10. Constantly applaud ordinary servants who make a difference.