Mar 28, 2013

7 Ways to Help Volunteers Avoid Burnout

Make sure they attend the service.  Watching online doesn't count.

Don't ask them to stay over and serve an extra service.  Even if you are in a bind.

Don't let them serve in multiple ministries.  The "S" on their Super Christian shirt will eventually unravel and fall off.

Give them time off.  Maybe even the summer off.

Make sure they are in their sweet spot.  Nothing leads to burnout faster than serving in a position you are not gifted for or passionate about.

Put them with someone they enjoy serving with.  People who serve long term normally have close relationships with the people they serve with.

Say thank you every week.  Many volunteers have never heard the words "thank you."  They feel like no one cares whether they serve or not.  With words and actions, show them that they highly valued.  Let them know they matter.  Remind them that they are making a difference.  

What are some other ways we can help volunteers avoid burnout?  

Share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.