We all have volunteers in our youth ministries that do such an amazing job and go above and beyond each and every week, we’d pay them if we could. Well, just because we can’t give our leaders a paycheck doesn’t mean we can’t pay them. Here are some ways you can “pay” your leaders:
Send thank you notes. After an event or program that requires a lot of effort from your leaders, send them a thank you note. A small sign of appreciation goes a long way in encouraging and keeping your best leaders.
Don’t make your leaders pay to go on trips. I know it can put a huge dent in the budget, but don’t make volunteers pay to serve on overnight trips. They take time away from their family and jobs, so it makes a world of difference when you can say, “We’re glad you’re coming, it’s on us!”
Give a small gift at least once a year. This year, Chad (our junior high pastor) suggested we spend a bit more on our Christmas gifts to our leaders and send them a gift card for a movie (with their spouse, if they have one). Yes, it can add a bit to the budget, but your volunteers do a TON for free to love and serve the teenagers in your church and community. It’s worth it.
QUESTION: What are some things you do to “pay” your leaders?