Investing In The Spiritual Growth Of Volunteers

This post was written by Crystal Mazzuca, an INCM Blog Team member.

“Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and the teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-12 NLT

As ministry leaders, we want to equip and empower our volunteers to be the most amazing, dynamic, and effective leaders that they can be.

But we would be remiss if we focused strictly on their ministry impact and neglected their spiritual growth, care, and development. 

We have the amazing opportunity to invest in the spiritual growth of volunteers in a way that draws them closer to Christ.

As they grow in their walk with Jesus, we will see their impact on the church multiply and deepen.

And we can do this by intentionally making time for our volunteers to connect with Jesus. 

Here are 4 questions we can ask that will help us keep volunteer spiritual growth at the forefront of our minds.

Am I enabling my volunteers to enjoy corporate worship? 

When needs arise (and they always do!), it can be tempting to allow volunteers to serve non-stop.

As ministry leaders, we need to recognize the benefit and joy of attending corporate gatherings.

We must work tirelessly to enable and encourage them to go to church, while balancing the needs of the ministry.

Am I making room to have non-ministry-related conversations?

If ministry is all we talk to our volunteers about, we miss that Ephesians call to equip them for the work of the ministry.

They need more than just practical ideas and problem-solving.

They need us to challenge them spiritually, care for them holistically, and encourage them as our brothers and sisters in Christ – not just ministry workers.

Am I intentionally pouring into them spiritually?

This can take on a variety of looks.

Maybe it’s doing a YouVersion Bible plan together.

Maybe it’s writing or sharing a weekly devotional that we text or email.

Or maybe it’s planning a Sunday afternoon prayer experience.

You could even adapt this INCM Prayer Experience Guide for Kids to fit your adult context.

Whatever we do, it will bless our volunteers and encourage their spiritual growth.

Am I praying for and with my volunteers?

We are quick to pray for our ministries.

Let us be quicker to pray for our ministers!

We should make a habit to pray for our volunteers by name – lifting up their needs and praying for all the things that God lays on our hearts.

And then we should take it a step further and pray with them. Not for their ministry but simply for them.

Conclusion

As our volunteers see our devotion and passion for their faith and spiritual well-being, they will know that we care about them beyond just what they “give” on a Sunday morning.

They will be encouraged to seek Jesus above all else.

And they truly will be equipped to build up the church, the body of Christ.


About Crystal

Crystal has always loved working with kids. After earning her Master’s in Christian Education Administration, Crystal was hired as the full-time Director of Kids’ Ministry at her church. She’s thankful to have found a family of like-minded brothers and sisters who share a common passion for Kingdom growth through discipleship.

More Posts

Kids talking in a group

10 Scary Things That Today’s Kids Think

This article was written by Chuck Peters, Director of Lifeway Kids. My team and I have done a deep dive into research on Gen Z and Generation Alpha to help Kids and Student Ministry leaders better understand how we can best reach the next generation with the gospel. The research

Read More >

Creating a Children’s Ministry Assistant Job with Your Role in Mind

Ministries that are growing can encounter new challenges and opportunities. Throughout the history of God’s people, spiritual leaders have needed to expand their influence by raising up leaders to help maintain existing and new responsibilities. In Exodus 18, Jethro encouraged Moses to expand his leadership team by creating many assistant

Read More >

Planning Outreach Events for Greater Impact

A leader only has a few opportunities to put on events that impact their external community. You may only get 2-3 chances a year to do an outward-facing family-friendly event, inviting people from your town or region. Hopefully, these considerations will help improve the impact of your events.

Read More >

Three Reasons Ministry Leaders Can’t Ignore Digital Discipleship

This is an excerpt from “Time to Update: 7 Areas to Integrate Digital Discipleship into Your Children’s Ministry Strategy” by Brittany Nelson, creator of DeeperKidMin.com and INCM Partner. There are many positive and negative opinions about the next generation’s obsession with the digital world and how the digital world is

Read More >
INCM

Get Your Free Creating Moments Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Join the list, and we'll send you more info on coaching.

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Join the list, and we'll send you the INCM Member invite!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Video Devotional & More!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Prayer Experience Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Felt Safety for Kids Guide!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Trauma Assessment Resource!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Get Your Free Policy Review Framework!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Receive Encouragement, Get Exclusive Offers, and Much More

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.

Be the first to hear about the coaching release in 2020!

By submitting the form, you're opting in to marketing emails from INCM. Your email is 100% safe.