by Kristin Schultz
Whether you work with two volunteers and staff members or twenty of them, you know everyone is different.
There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone (1 Corinthians 12:4 - 6 ESV).
God made us all different with different experiences, different points of view, different talents, different passions, and different motivators. All those differences are necessary to deliver the Gospel message of Jesus because that Gospel is for all different types of people!
But as different as we are, we all have the need to be recognized and appreciated. Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 7–13, and as we thank our volunteers and staff members, it’s important that we thank them in ways that are meaningful to them. Some people love a large banquet with lots of public attention. Others would rather be treated to a cup of coffee or maybe just a gift card.
This year CTA is honoring staff and volunteers with the new theme One Purpose. This theme celebrates the work that different team members do with the unified purpose of showing Jesus to the world. This month, thank and encourage your staff members and volunteers with meaningful gifts from One Purpose. Want an extra layer of appreciation? Try these ideas for personalizing each gift.
- One Purpose Travel Mug
Pick up a gift card to a local coffee shop or buy a bag of your volunteer’s favorite coffee to include with the mug.
- One Purpose Pen and Bookmark Gift Set
Place the pen and bookmark within a Christian book that directly relates to the volunteer’s area of interest, like children’s ministry or a music ministry.
- One Purpose Personalized Spiral Notebook
On the first page of the notebook, write a heartfelt note, thanking the volunteer for his or her dedication and hard work.
- One Purpose Ceramic Mug with Encouragement Book
Put a few packets of tea and a tea infuser in the mug. Or, include hot chocolate and a peppermint stick.
No matter how you do it, thanking your staff members and volunteers for the time they spend working in ministry is important. Take the next week to watch your volunteers and quietly ask around about what they like to drink or read or do for fun. Then you’ll easily be able to create a personalized thank-you gift that will make your staff and volunteers feel appreciated and motivated to continue serving.
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