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Three Critical Questions to Ask Your Volunteers

By Doug Franklin October 14, 2009

Do you feel joy?
In their current position, are they satisfied, do they feel fulfilled? Also ask if they feel set free; would they do this ministry everyday if it paid? These kinds of questions will give you an idea of their purpose and help you understand if they will stay long-term. People who serve with joy stay in their positions a long time.
 
Do you feel appreciated?
Most volunteers never hear “you’re great.” That’s why many of them feel like they are serving for no good reason. Make sure all your volunteers know how much you care about them. Be specific and explain to them how they are making a difference and how you could not do the ministry without them.
 
Are you developing someone to replace you?
This question may catch them off guard but it will help you create an atmosphere of leadership development. Every volunteer thinks it’s your job to find more staff. Change that thinking and get your volunteers to look for your new staff.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More