When it comes to church volunteers, many churches will shout open opportunities from the rooftops in hopes their pleas will land on a few willing ears. Some churches even beg in desperation. These actions beg the question, is there an easier way to get church members to volunteer? Praise be, yes! Lucky for us, scripture gives us a hint to get us started in the right direction.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
What does this have to do with church volunteer opportunities? Everything! All the different types of gifts, services, and talents are given to us so we can glorify God. He doesn’t give people gifts that they’ll dislike or hate. He knows our hearts. He knows our hearts because He designed our hearts. The God of all creation orchestrated all the things we like and dislike because His plan is for everyone to work together for His glory.
Church Volunteer Opportunities
Now take this mentality and translate it to church volunteer opportunities. Imagine an entire church body discovering how God created them. What would it look like if each church member used these gifts, services, and talents to enhance your church body for God’s glory?
“For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many.” 1 Corinthians 12:13-14
It would look absolutely amazing for an entire church to walk in this reality. However, simply telling your church members to figure out their spiritual gifts will not work. You need to lead them through the process.
How to Get Started
Helping your church members discover their spiritual gifts is a simple process. It just takes commitment and a desire from your leadership team to keep the task moving. Here are a few tips to help kick off this endeavor:
- Establish a few people on your staff to head this project.
- Encourage your church members to take a spiritual gift test to discover their gifts. Provide opportunities for church members to take the spiritual gift test at your church during specific times.
- Create a landing page on your church website where church members can input what spiritual gift they received.
- Sift through the gifting results, and have your leadership team discover specific areas in which your church members could serve.
- Reach out to your church members and ask if they would be interested in lending a hand in those designated areas.
Will this work every time? Absolutely not. Will you still need to shout volunteer opportunities from the rooftops in hopes your pleas will land on a few willing ears? Probably. The good news, however, is that your church will begin to see specific giftings and different roles people can take to make an impact for the sake of the Gospel.
Once you begin to receive people’s spiritual gifts test results, make sure to keep track of this information your church management system. Elexio provides an excellent way to keep track of this information and provides you a quick and easy way to contact your members when a church volunteer opportunity arises.
Feel free to contact us to learn more! We’d love to help guide you through your church volunteer opportunities. Don’t let the idea of needing volunteers bog you down. Get inspired to see these opportunities as life-giving, instead of life-draining. God knows what you need when you need it, and the good news is He has created people specifically for the task.