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You know what? People have no clue what kind of work goes into producing a church service or event…period.  And if it’s a smaller church, it’s usually manned and powered by your church volunteers (yay for the volunteers!).

If you haven’t already seen this video, take a peek!  Extremely hysterical if you’re one of the above said volunteers!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcqBWJmddC8

Are you a volunteer for your church (or any other organization for that matter)?  I am…technical, IT, media ministry, audio/video, contemporary worship leader, marketing, website…yep…me.  My husband does mostly audio and some video, too.

Now, don’t get me wrong….we love what we do.  We know that God has called us into these positions.  But the next time you participate in a worship service or other event, please be sure to thank your volunteers and let them know how much they are appreciated.  And remember, the volunteers come in all kinds of positions…security, greeters, etc.

Not sure what to do, check out these ideas!

30 Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

  1. Personal thank you note from pastor.
  2. Personal thank you note from volunteer supervisor.
  3. Personal thank you note from volunteer office coordinator.
  4. Preferred parking.
  5. Birthday card.
  6. Video story highlighting a volunteer.
  7. Promote a faithful volunteer into a leadership role.
  8. Allow a volunteer the opportunity to share best practices with other volunteers.
  9. Feature story about a volunteer on the church website.
  10. Assign a strong volunteer to represent the church for a community event.
  11. Assign a volunteer to be a community spokesperson.
  12. Develop volunteer Sunday and use it to acknowledge all volunteers.
  13. Reserved parking for volunteer-of-the-month.
  14. Create volunteer appreciation committee and select a few volunteers to participate.
  15. Make a public recognition of a volunteer at a church service.
  16. Post a thank you note on volunteer’s locker or work area before they arrive for their shift.
  17. Create a photo wall in a hallway recognizing volunteer years of service.
  18. Place a phone call from the volunteer office randomly thanking volunteers.
  19. Share positive feedback you hear about a volunteer back to that volunteer.
  20. Create traveling trophy that highlights volunteer commitments.
  21. Arrange a photo with senior pastor.
  22. Arrange a photo with volunteer team.
  23. Write a volunteer appreciation poem.
  24. Plan an annual volunteer appreciation dinner.
  25. Develop volunteer-of-the-year award.
  26. Plan lunch with senior pastor and his wife.
  27. Take advantage of national volunteer appreciation week.  Volunteer appreciation week for 2012 was April 15th – 21st and is usually the 2nd or 3rd week in April so you have plenty of time to plan your volunteer appreciation week for 2013!
  28. Host volunteer appreciation day.
  29. Develop volunteer-of-the-month.
  30. Send volunteer to specialized training (ie; children’s ministry, emergency preparedness, food safety).
  31. Distribute gifts to show volunteer appreciation.  Gift ideas:  mugs, pens, pins, t shirt, logoed key ring, baseball cap, jacket, visor, dinner gift certificate, round of golf, plaque for years of service, personalized stationery.
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Thank you, volunteers!

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