But you shall receive power… – Acts 1:8
And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits.- Mark 6:7
Power is a very important part of ministry. Some may argue that we cannot give the same power that Jesus offered the Twelve. However, we can empower those who serve alongside us in ministry as we tap into the power of the Holy Spirit.
Volunteers are the back bone of ministry. The church survives on their dedicated and devoted service to congregaits and community members. Volunteers make a difference by truly taking on thankless tasks for the benefit of others. They constantly give and get little in return.
Motivate your volunteers. Let them know that they are valuable to you and your ministry. Do not assume that they know that. Appreciate them in word and deed. Share how much they mean to you.
Beyond saying how you feel about them, give them some added status and responsibility. Challenge them to lead others and train others. Someone’s lacking ministry power due to their lack of mentoring in their ministry, so no one else stepped up when someone else stepped out and everything just stopped because there was no successor. Let your volunteers identify who they can bring in and build up to do what they do.
Inspire your people to get new things started. New ideas come from people who have insights about how to do things better or differently. Let them run with ideas that are soaked down in prayer and led by the Spirit. Let them have at it since the Spirit has a hold of them and what is at hand.
The bottom line is that we need volunteers. They step in and stand in the gap. These are people who help us to help others who would otherwise be rendered helpless as they awaited government handouts or some miraculous movement of red tape for their benefit. Let them have it as the Lord leads you as their leader.