Jul 18, 2013

7 Ways to Burnout Your Volunteers

Want to burnout your volunteers?  Here's 7 ways to do it.

1. Place them where you "need" them.  Use them to fill a hole instead of finding out what their gifts and passions are.

2. Don't follow ratios.  Place them in an overcrowded room...especially if they are serving in preschool ministry.

3. Ask them to stay over and work an extra service.  Ask them at the last minute and make them feel guilty if they can't stay.

4. Don't give them any time off.  Expect them to serve 52 weeks a year.  Vacation or time off in the summer?  Yeah, right!

5. Make sure they skip the adult service.  They don't need to attend the adult service.  They can stay spiritually fed and healthy by listening to or teaching the children's lesson.

6. Don't thank them.  They should be serving because they love Jesus...not for a pat on the back. 

7. Have long, required training sessions that take them away from their family.  It doesn't matter how busy their schedule is.  They should be committed enough to attend your 2 hour training sessions on a regular basis.

The floor is yours.  What are some other ways to burnout volunteers?  Please share your thoughts with us below.

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