A Dream Volunteer Job, and Why It Doesn’t Work

“Two retired English teachers . . . have solved the mystery of why volunteers like them are rarely invited to help . . .”

This column from the Washington Post speaks volumes about a major roadblock for volunteers. It’s as true in churches as in public schools. It makes me ask these good questions:

  • How many church staff are dealing with “excessive demands” that all but eliminate their ability to handle the tasks involved with recruiting, training and supporting volunteer help?
  • How many volunteer leaders are dealing are in the same boat?
  • How many pastors or other leaders are helping those who report to them prioritize volunteer engagement as part of their responsibilities?
  • How can I, as an equipper of volunteers, do more to minimize the time-consuming aspects of working with volunteers for my colleagues?




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