— Best Description Yet Explaining Why Productive Volunteers Churn

September 4, 2013 at 11:32 am | Posted in Online Ministry | Leave a comment

A recent post in the Ministry Matters blog states  three reasons why congregations churn through volunteers. I find myself identifying with them.

  1. “Volunteers abhor waste. Churches spend way too much money on overhead (sacred property, old technology, useless programs, and boring worship). Volunteers wonder why they are working so hard to help an organization that is so unproductive.
  2. “Volunteers only work for leaders whose lifestyles they respect. Clergy spend way too much time protecting days off, catering to trivial demands from members, and attending obligatory meetings … and too often fail to actually model the core values of an organization. Compare that to many CEO’s of non-profit organizations who are mission driven, excellent time managers, and only attend meetings that matter to the success of the vision.
  3. “Volunteers expect to celebrate success. Churches spend much of their time explaining failure. They have all kinds of excuses why ministries or missions don’t succeed (usually blaming it on circumstances beyond their control). They rarely throw a party for exceeding the mission goal.”

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