People often ask me how we motivate our volunteers.
I find that when volunteers are given real opportunities to minister to others, they require very little motivation. They experience first-hand what God wants to do through them. They understand what is at stake.
They get it.
I know that I’m biased, but I think our volunteers are so great. They do get it! We received this email from a small group leader and it just made my day! I thought it would make yours too.
Good Morning J. (UpStreet Coach)
Hope you enjoyed your extra day off. I just wanted to pass on a treasured note that I received from a parent this weekend. Once again, it validates why we are here.
E. (the visitor) timidly walked into our room with her head down. She immediately caught my eye. The greeters enthusiastically introduced her to our little bunch. Because she seemed intimidated by a room full of strangers, I made an extra effort to include her in every detail of our class. With the curriculum as a guide, that’s not hard to do. We modified the play we did a bit, NOT the message, just the craft. She wanted to be one of the sheep, so we made a bunch of sheep sock puppets with big floppy ears, drew smiley faces on our hands and taped cotton on their hands. Hahaha! It worked. To shorten the story, the rest of the class she was completely engaged! She was dancing around and even asked me to say the prayer again.
FYI: I LOVE the UpStreet vision—Our vision is to GUIDE children to put their faith in Jesus, and to teach them who God is and how He wants them to live. In addition, here is my personal credo and goal in volunteering: To make life changing contributions by providing something of intrinsic value for others.
Her momma requested that she be placed in my group of kids. Can you see that this is done, please? I will send an email and let them know.
NOW—you can read the email from her mom.
Good afternoon, Ellen (UpStreet Small Group Leader)
It was such a pleasure meeting you yesterday. Thank you so much for making E. feel welcomed in your group and at North Point Community Church. She is a little apprehensive about change, so it was so heart warming for M. and me to see her have so much fun and, more importantly, be so excited about coming back to North Point.
After attending the 9 a.m. service at North Point Church yesterday morning, M. and I have decided to officially make the change beginning next week. We would really like C. to be in your group, if possible. She adored you! You played a much larger role in our decision to move to North Point than you may know. E. was the one member of our family that was reluctant to change (even more so than my husband, who was raised Catholic). She was in her comfort zone at our old church, so this was a big step for her to explore other options – I am very proud of her
Thank you again!
A. (E.’s mom)
Want to lead a team of highly motivated volunteers? Give them responsibility for real people…real relationships…real ministry. When God starts using them to make a difference in the lives of people, it’s all the motivation they need.