Recently, I joined some 30 other Christian workers for a week-long course designed to help us learn how to work more effectively with volunteers. Now, granted, I’ve been trying to raise up volunteers since the mid-80’s. But I still feel I’m missing something. Why do they volunteer? And why do they keep volunteering? What kind of personality… What kind of service… and What kind of thought processes cause a person to decide to serve totally without regard to receiving anything in return? Those are questions I asked. I know that the workshop attempted to answer them. But I still remain somewhat perplexed — because, in my humble opinion, I didn’t discover any magic wands.


What about your organization, church, or agency? Is there any “magic wand” you’ve discovered for recruiting, retaining, and empowering the best volunteer base ever? If so, and if we promise not to interfere with your operation :-), would you mind sharing the best secrets you’ve learned? … or at least, the some of the lessons you’ve learned along the way? If so, we’d all be incredibly grateful. Just click “Comment” below — and you can comment anonymously or by name. Thank you for any help you can give.