Episode 241: Volunteer Appreciation & New Beginnings with Heidi Hensley

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This episode features an interview with Heidi Hensley focused on the topics of volunteer appreciation and new beginnings. Heidi and I chatted pre-pandemic but many of these principles and practices are still valuable and extremely applicable in the church today.

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Episode Notes

What things did you learn coming into a new church/role?

  • No matter how healthy the church/ministry is, transition and change is difficult
  • Invited leaders to a round table (“ask me anything” style)
  • Find common ground and give teams a voice
  • Only changes in the first year were things that could compromise the safety or the message
  • Learn the culture first
  • Book: The First 90 Days

Talk about Volunteer Appreciation Events:

  • Once a year celebration that includes every aspect of children's ministry
  • Decided to keep this separate from any type of training
  • Created awards for volunteers
  • Celebrated why volunteers are needed and why what they do matters
How are training events different from appreciation and how do you get 100% attendance?
  • Three scheduled trainings (required to attend at least one)
  • Volunteer trainings are mandatory
  • Training events are prompt and don't waste time (this produces retention)
  • Casting vision for the ministry
  • **Reveal new color of volunteer shirt at the Fall training

Keys to great volunteer appreciation:

  • Make sure they KNOW it's about them – don't mix training with appreciation
  • Make sure it accommodates their family (family BBQ type of event, or childcare available)
  • Make sure it can be replicated
  • Make sure they see where they have come from… celebrate the growth… celebrate the empowerment
  • Sing Happy Birthday – give cupcakes
  • Write 5 random “Thank You” notes
  • Equip volunteers well
  • Never underestimate the value of kind words

Action Items

  1. Write 5 notes
  2. Hold an event (maybe)
  3. Check out The First 90 Days book

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