I’m at the Orange Conference this week, and I’m blogging notes from breakouts and main sessions. Here are my notes on the pre-conference breakout entitled…
7 Quirks of Incredible Volunteers
- Many people never take the first step.
- The needs are too big.
- There are too many to choose from.
- They’re looking for the perfect fit.
- Try something that appeals to you.
- Start over if you’ve been burned.
Small is Big
- Not normal volunteers believe the smallest things they do have the biggest results.
- Don’t look for big things to do, look for small things. Small things have a bigger impact than we realize.
Own, Don’t Rent
- Not normal volunteers are owners, not renters.
- Owners invest more for a bigger return.
- They show up on time.
- They read their curriculum before they arrive.
- They commit to serve each week.
You, Me, & We
- This is not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about how we do this together.
- Everyone should understand we’re in this together.
- Volunteers should get to know each other and develop relationships.
- It’s about looking side to side to see what is going on around you – rather than focusing on yourself.
Honor the Leader
- Leaders need volunteers. They need love, support, prayer.
- When volunteers work against their leader, nothing good comes out of it.
- Sometimes the best thing a volunteer can do is amicably move on if they are in conflict with their leader over vision.
- Your leader needs a cheerleader, not a drama queen.
- Many volunteers should look for and identify their next step.
- Let go of what you want. Let go of your current role. Let go of controlling your future.
You Can’t Always See It
- Many kids aren’t going to tell you how you have impacted them spiritually.
- Help people understand they may never see those results, and that’s okay.
My Ideas for Action Items
- Evaluate volunteer recruitment strategy to ensure there are clear opportunities where people can start.
- Use the Not Normal book content in a volunteer training.
- Identify a role you play where you can replace yourself.
- Celebrate wins from student ministry in preschool and elementary to help people see the impact, even if it’s not on the specific kids they led.