In this day and age, our most valuable commodity is time, and prospective volunteers are busy people. They expect, and deserve, that congregations will respect their time and offer assignments that are clearly laid out and mission-driven.
The old saying “we’ve always done it that way” is repulsive to a young volunteer. Setting expectations for results, creating policy frameworks for safety, and letting volunteers help to define the work will create a more willing and engaged volunteer force.
Canada Lutheran’s first issue of 2018 focuses on the vast importance of volunteering within the church. Volunteering should not be taken lightly, but should also be open to change and adaptations over time. With an attention to engaging the younger members of congregations across the country, writer Rhonda Lorch touches on some of the many ways to keep volunteers grasping for more enriching opportunities within the congregation.