Showing Appreciation to Your Volunteers

Showing Appreciation to Your Volunteers


I have a cupboard overflowing with mugs. And although it might make sense to get rid of a few in order to make more room for other things, I don't have the heart to do that. You see, these aren't just any mugs. Each was a special gift representing another year of ministering to the children and youth of our church. These words are clearly printed on the back of each mug: Spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of the next generation.

I also have a small clay pot sitting on my desk just waiting to be planted with some herb seeds. It's from Jan Golias, a 1st grade Team Leader, given to each member of her team of volunteers. The pot is beautifully hand-decorated, and various attributes of God (from The ABCs of God curriculum) are written on it as well as this verse: Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8, ESV)

These little gifts of appreciation mean a lot to me. They are daily reminders to this coffee-drinking gardener that I am part of something grand and glorious. I am part of a community of believers who have joined together in the awesome responsibility and privilege of telling  " the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done." (Psalm 78:4 ESV)

How could you express your appreciation for your ministry team and volunteers that you have ministered with this year? Or, as a parent, how might you encourage those who have faithfully ministered to your children and youth this past year? Here a just a few ideas to consider:

  • Communicate words of appreciation to each volunteer, in person.
  • Send a special note via the mail ("snail mail") to each volunteer, or each person who has ministered to your child.
  • Have special events that recognize and honor your volunteers (e.g., a year-end dinner banquet and program).
  • Have the church provide a uniquely designed yearly gift for each volunteer (e.g., a coffee mug, t-shirt, calendar, etc.).
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