Yesterday I said, “There certainly are a lot of things we need to give our volunteers, but for the next few days, I’m going to share my top five essentials for us to give our volunteers.” Then I posted about the #5 essential thing for us to give our volunteers . . . give them resources! Today I want to take a few moments to consider the #4 essential thing for us to give our volunteers, training!
For thirteen years I worked for Kregel Bookstores as their church resource and curriculum consultant, I worked for Gospel Light for five years as a consultant and for Group for five years as a consultant. Over these years I provided training for literally hundreds of churches. Sometimes when I arrived at a church for their volunteer training I found there were only two or three volunteers who showed up – a very frustrating thing for the person who planned the training. At other churches I found every seat filled with volunteers! So what was the difference? Why do some churches struggle to get their volunteers to attend while others do not seem to face the same challenge? Consider the following . . .