For many people, the new year means new beginnings and opportunities. For many churches, it’s a time to refocus on outreach goals and ministry growth. Regardless of church size, volunteers are always working behind the scenes to make sure ministries are running smoothly and productively, and everyone benefits when these volunteers are in a position to use their natural talents and gifts.
So when church members want to volunteer, which direction should you point them? Help match your church volunteers to the right ministry with the following tips:
Take a Personality/Spiritual Gifts Test
Sometimes people have the heart to serve but are unsure exactly where they fit in. Before committing to a task, it’s beneficial to determine what one’s strengths and skills are.
[Romans 12:6-7] “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching.”
Taking a skills assessment, such as a personality or spiritual gifts test, is an effective method to discover insight on character traits. It’s easier for a volunteer to serve in an area he or she is naturally inclined. It could be the difference between feeling obligated or feeling fulfilled. Consider offering a spiritual gifts test to church members who’ve expressed interest in volunteering or during new members’ classes.
Provide a Variety of Service Opportunities
[1 Corinthians 12:20] “But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’; nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.”
In order for a ministry to properly function, one person can’t do it all. There needs to be just as many hands behind the scenes as there are in the spotlight. Maybe door greeters and the hospitality team is taken care of, but there is a lack of teachers in children’s ministry. There might be too many singers or musicians, but only one person controlling the sound systems. Analyze every area of the ministry that can use assistance and offer plenty of options to your church volunteers.
Create Transitional Periods for Ministry Positions
As we grow stronger in our faith and spiritual walk, it’s normal to discover or embrace a different calling. We’ve seen many Biblical figures, such as the disciples of Christ, transition from apprenticeship to leadership roles. Think about giving church volunteers seasonal or semester-length positions where there’s room to grow in the future.
It’s a wonderful feeling to know your gifts and abilities are needed to help support the church. Partners in Ministry provides tips, ideas, and helpful tools when you are placing an emphasis on calling church members to service.