Do This With Me…

My email I just sent to my First Impression team of volunteers – somewhere over 150 people.  Imagine if each one reached one…

Hi Awesome GFC Volunteers!

Check out this insightful list from a presentation by Don Simmons about why volunteers serve:

1. Someone asked them (93%)
2. Compelling need
3. Personal connection
4. Gratitude for being served
5. Spiritual/ religious beliefs
6. Social needs
7. Job skill/ resume’ development
8. Guilt
9. Boredom
10. External influences (family members, influential leaders, advertising)

Notice that “spiritual reasons” is #5, meaning that not many people think about serving to be like Jesus. #1 reason that most people volunteer is because someone asked and invited them with the words,  “Do this with me.”

I am pushing for a volunteer Campaign entitled “Do This With Me” –  complete with t-shirts, hats, and other rah-rah stuff.  Until then – please encourage your team to share the message – Do This With Me!

I love serving our Creator with you!

– Roy

I’ll let you know the results….

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by townhomegirly on September 18, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Very interesting list. After a long a discouraging Mission Committee meeting this week at my church, I’m interested in hearing what you find out.

  2. all too familiar with those long committee meetings…

    will keep you posted.

  3. Posted by "animal" on September 19, 2008 at 6:09 AM

    That is a very interesting survey.. Keep me posted on what you find out..

    Gooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! Bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Posted by "animal" on September 19, 2008 at 6:09 AM

    That is a very interesting survey.. Keep me posted on what you find out..

    Gooooo!!!!!!!!!!!! Bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Posted by townhomegirly on September 19, 2008 at 6:41 AM

    More concerns with the problems rather than the length of the committee meetings.

    1. The Church requires a three year committment to serve on a Committee. Many people are reluctant to commit to that many years of their life. In a perfect situation, each year the same amount of people who go off the committee, should be replaced with new members. After serving a three year term, committee members do have the option to continue serving on a year to year basis if they wish. Many members are so burnt out after a three year term, that they want out. That is the situation I am finding myself in (even though my very blue heart totally supports the Mission Committee).

    2. In a small church like mine, (which by the way, is NOT in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa), needs every member to become involved in a committee, board, teach a Sunday School class, etc. So the pool of people available to serve is small.

    3. Our goal has always been to organize opportunities for others to serve God and to meet other people’s needs. Our projects range from giving to special church offerings (for Peace, Easter, and to support retired pastors and missionaries from our denomination) to investing a Saturday to work on a house for Habitat for Humanity. So, we try to cover the bases of opportunities to give of both time and money with our 12 projects a year.

    4. Participation in our projects is down and I mean way down. We are not sure if it is the economy or just lack of interest or apathy of our congregation. (Or, maybe people are like me and are just overwhelmed with the amount of need and only have limited resources of time and money in order to meet them. Thus, the hard decision must be made on what project to support and what to pass on.)

    5. Our church is on the verge of building an addition to our building. Our committee is worried that we are focusing on a building and not programs which serve other.

    6. My deep fear is that we are Christians who just want to come to church for an hour or so, once a week, sit in a chair, perhaps listen, and don’t feel that we need to serve our God and Savior.

  6. Posted by townhomegirly on October 7, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Tonight is the next meeting of my Church’s Mission Committee. The senior pastor is attending this meeting. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend due to a family funeral. Prayers would be appreciated as to the future of this committee. Thanks.

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