10 Reasons Why You MUST Delegate to Volunteers

As a Family Ministry Pastor, I get to oversee our staff, and volunteers from birth through high school. On any given weekend it takes a massive amount of volunteers to pull off a great children’s and student ministry experience. If you add in events, partnering with parents, and the day to day running of our family ministry, it takes a lot of people to make a great impact.

delegate to volunteers

The truth is, without great volunteers myself and my staff would be overwhelmed and stretched.

But, more importantly, our overall impact is limited when we fail to delegate to our volunteers. 

A few weeks ago, I wrote a quick list in Evernote to give to my staff as a reminder of the importance of delegating to our volunteers. While it’s not a comprehensive list, it’s a good beginning to a discussion that you could have with staff at your church and even your core volunteers. Remember, volunteers in leadership roles need to learn how to delegate effectively too…

10 Reasons for Delegating: 
1) We develop leaders for the future of our ministry.
2) We get more done in the longer term.
3) It frees us up to invest in the lives of kids, students, parents, and volunteers.
4) We don’t burnout!
5) We always have a plan ‘B’ when we are away or sick.
6) We can invest more time into making a plan instead of always ‘doing’
7) We build more ownership of the vision in the volunteer team. Therefore…
8) We receive more promotion when we delegate. Volunteers who own the vision will promote more
9) We get to focus on our strengths and key areas when we delegate…
10) It’s what Jesus did with His disciples

That was my quick Evernote list. What would you add? 

Phil <><

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