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10 Ways to Support Volunteers

Volunteers are the lifeblood of children's ministry. Without them, there would be no children's ministry. This means it is crucial that you effectively support volunteers. Here are 10 ways you can do this.

Communication. Keep volunteers in the loop. Communicate with them weekly through email, text, Facebook, phone calls, etc.

Remember this...

You can't keep volunteers in the dark during the week and then expect them to shine on Sunday.

Have their materials ready as early as possible. Get the curriculum lessons in their hands at least a month ahead of time. This will enable them to be prepared in advance. If the curriculum calls for specific materials, help get that ready if they don't have time to do so.

Yes...most volunteers prepare the week of the lesson. But getting the materials in their hands weeks ahead of time will give you the opportunity to show them how to prepare gradually instead of just the night before or at the stop lights on the way to church.

Pray for them. Put volunteers on your prayer list. Ask them how you can pray for them. Pray for them weekly. Pray for their prayer requests. Pray that God will use them in a great way. Pray for God to give them strength, wisdom and passion. Help volunteers grasp this...