Communications

5 Inexpensive Ways to Appreciate Church Event Volunteers

If you’re intentional in providing clear guidance to volunteers and appreciating them during and after the event, they’ll have a positive experience and will be more likely to volunteer for future events.


Deborah Ike  ·  April 5, 2018

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If you have a big event coming up, you’re focused on all the tasks left to complete before event day.  As you consider what’s left to do, don’t forget to plan how you’ll show your volunteers how much you value their help.  If you’re intentional in providing clear guidance to volunteers and appreciating them during and after the event, they’ll have a positive experience and will be more likely to volunteer for future events. 

Here are five ways to show your appreciation:

#1 – Create a highlight video

Shoot video of volunteers setting up for the event, checking in the morning of, greeting attendees, and serving throughout the event.  Include these clips in an event recap video or create a separate one focused on volunteers.  Show this video during a Sunday service and post on social media as a way to highlight your amazing volunteer team. 

#2 – Mail thank you notes

Snail mail isn’t dead yet.  The fact that it’s rare to receive a card in the mail makes getting a thank you note special.  Take the time the week after the event to send thank you cards to your event volunteers. 

#3 – Thank volunteers from the stage

Most volunteers aren’t looking for public recognition, but it’s always encouraging to hear the senior pastor or other leader thank volunteers from the stage. 

It shows leadership recognizes the effort involved in pulling off the event and values the volunteers who helped create a welcoming environment for attendees. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah Ike
Deborah Ike (formerly Wipf) is the President & Founder of Velocity Ministry Management; a company dedicated to vision implementation for church leaders. Over the last ten years, Deborah worked in the corporate arena to discover how to leverage business principles for ministry vision. She worked for Deloitte Consulting in their Strategy & Operations group and most recently, for Williams, as a project manager and risk manager. Deborah has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems along with the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential from the Project Management Institute. She’s the author of The Volunteer Management Toolkit (Church Edition) and you can find her articles on sites such as Pastors.com, XPastor.org, WorshipFacilities.com, and via The Church Network.
Contact Deborah Ike: deborah@velocityministrymanagement.com ·  View More by Deborah Ike


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