I’ve been reading a lot of letters in preparation for our upcoming podcast (back recording this Friday) and several questions have been about volunteers, volunteer training, expectations, job commitments, asking what they should look for in a volunteer, etc… Great questions! I’ll tackle one here.
“Care for the flock of God entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your good example. “
During a volunteer training, I would have everyone read this Scripture and then make a list of some of the qualities that Peter appeals for. A couple cautions: (1) this list can appear overwhelming to the already intimidated, and yet (2) there are other qualities needed from those in leadership. So, while this is a good starting place, you have to graciously and carefully help people know that God uses inadequate leaders while (at the same time) raising the bar of expectations.
Bold is the quality… Italics is from the text.
1. Caring: Care for the flock of God entrusted to you
2. Positive: Watch over it willingly
3. Others’ centered: not for what you will get out of it
4. Passion: eager to serve God
5. Servant: serve God
6. Humble: Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care
7. Leader: but lead them
8. Reputable lifestyle: lead them by your good example
Let’s help one another out…share what you look for in leaders.
Question: When you’re teaching/training volunteers, what are you calling them to? Be specific. Your comment could help shape someone’s training.