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Feeling Used

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I believe there's a fine line with volunteers. They need to feel used without feeling used. Here's some thoughts I had after hearing a conversation about weekend volunteers.
Feeling used - Volunteers won't stick around very long if they are feeling used. If they don't have something specific to do, they will start to question things. If they don't sense a feeling of importance or that you are taking them seriously, they will fizzle out. If they are standing around without direction, expect them to find some direction soon through the back door. Wonder why your volunteers are bailing or potential volunteers are avoiding you in the hallway? Perhaps your reputation is that you take advantage of people or undervalue them. This is a youth worker's worst nightmare.

Feeling used - This should be our goal. volunteers should be in their sweet spot, being encouraged and loved on. They must know they are necessary to accomplish the mission. They are critical to the church, to our students and to fulfill our goals. They all should feel completely and totally used.
So are your volunteers feeling used, or feeling used?


posted by Joshua Griffin @ 8:25 PM |

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At 12/16/2007, Blogger Nick said...

Nice thought, I like it.

At 12/17/2007, Blogger Jess said...

definately feeling used :)

At 12/17/2007, Blogger Tony Steward said...

How do you suggest evaluating your volunteers and getting your "finger on the pulse" of whether they are being used or feeling used?

At 12/17/2007, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

I think it has to be a couple of things:

1) relational management. You know the pulse because you check it with each conversation.

2) a coffee conversation. Get some heart time with a few volunteers, particularly ones that you think might be in trouble.



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