“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?