Top Ten Ways to Thank Volunteers

Keith Tusing November 23, 2011 2

Top Ten Ways to Thank Volunteers Children\s Ministry YouthEveryone is always looking for New Volunteers.  How are we doing taking care of the volunteers we already have in place?  Nurturing our existing Volunteer Team is a much wiser way to grow our ministry.  If a ministry has a revolving door of volunteers it would be best to stop the door before adding new team members.  Here’s a list of some of the best ways we say Thank You to our volunteers:

10. Just Say It – Ok, it sounds so simple. One of the best way to express gratitude is to simply tell someone how much they are appreciated.

9. Free Lunch – Take a couple of your leaders to lunch each month…food & friends are a great combination.

8. Media Scrapbook – Photos & Videos of kids and events combined in an attractive production is something they will treasure.

7. Gift Certificate – Starbucks, Baskin & Robbins, Krispy Kreme, etc. – a small gift certificate to some place they would enjoy.

6. Book – It doesn’t have to be a book about ministry.  Get something you think they’ll enjoy.

5. Free Ride – Trips and events can be costly when you attend them all.  Cover the costs for your volunteers.

4. Gold – Choose something that has meaning – for me it’s a Hotwheels car, I have over 1000 in my office – paint it Gold and reward an exceptional volunteer at you next team meeting.

3. Listening – Be attentive to your volunteers ideas, concerns, & suggestions.  Acknowledge the thought and investment they are making.

2. Personal Contact – Card, notes and telephone calls go a long way in expressing how we feel about our team members.  It can make a person’s day when they open the mail box and there’s a note of encouragement just for them.

1. Appreciation Dinner – Do it Right!  This is not an event you want to go cheap on.  Serve great food, create a cool atmosphere and bring in top-notch entertainment.  An annual appreciation dinner can be something special that the whole team looks forward to each year.

What would you add to the list?  What is a unique way you have used to express gratitude to your volunteers? Share your thoughts by leaving Comment.



  1. Sean Reece November 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks. Its always great to share ideas!!!

  2. Glenys Nellist November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Hi Keith!
    Great ideas…I really like the Media Scrapbook idea. One year, I put together a Powerpoint to show in church on Teacher Appreciation Sunday, showing all the teachers in action with their kids. I also asked them what their favorite bible verse was & why they served in children’s ministry…so that I could include those different comments/texts along with the images. It was pretty powerful & a great way to appreciate them.

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