3 New Year’s Resolutions for Volunteer Coordinators

The start of a new year is a great time to reflect and think about how we can make this year better than the last. Even if last year was incredible, there’s always something we can do to improve or at least maintain momentum.

Churches need strong, committed volunteer teams to be healthy. We need volunteers to greet people, take care of babies, teach children, make coffee, lead small groups, and much more. Volunteers need (yes, I said need) the opportunity to serve to develop strong relationships within their church family, grow in their faith, and experience the joy that comes from serving others.

If you have any influence over or responsibility for coordinating volunteers at your church, here are a few simple New Year’s resolutions for you:

#1 – I’ll make it easy for people to learn about each volunteer role

If you haven’t already, consider posting a brief job description for each volunteer role posted on your church website. If that’s not something you want to do yet, then consider making a one-page summary or small brochure to have at your information booth.

#2 – I’ll invest in my volunteer leaders

As your volunteer team grows, you should have an individual or couple who serves as a team leader for each service or volunteer team. Make time to invest in these leaders by getting to know them, asking for their input, encouraging them, and helping them grow as leaders. This is a great discipleship opportunity plus as they become stronger leaders, you can entrust them with more responsibility.

#3 – I’ll let go and delegate more

When you’ve built a team, developed the training materials, and put your heart into a volunteer program, it’s hard to let go of certain tasks. However, you’ll hold your team back and will stifle growth if you’re unwilling to delegate.

Let’s say you’re going to delegate leading a volunteer training session. Here are a few simple steps to ensure success:

  • Documented the process and your expectations
  • Show the person you’re delegating to how to perform the task. In this case, have him assist you in leading a training session.
  • Switch roles with you as the assistant and your volunteer leader as the trainer
  • Provide feedback and continue with assisting a few more times as needed until you and your volunteer leader are confident he’s ready to go solo
  • Let go (don’t attend the next session), but follow up with your volunteer to ask how it went

Leading volunteers isn’t always easy, but it can definitely be a fun and rewarding experience. Implement one or more of these resolutions and watch how these practices strengthen your volunteer team.

What other New Year’s resolutions would you recommend for volunteer coordinators?