20 Worst Excuses for Not Volunteering


One of the top problems we hear from children’s ministers is not being able to find volunteers. It seems that everyone has a reason for why they can’t help, and the excuses aren’t always that good. Here are the 20 most common excuses folks use to get out of volunteering…have you heard any of these?


  1. I’m allergic.
  2. Kids scare me.
  3. My kids are already grown.
  4. But [name of someone who already said no]would do so much better than me!
  5. I don’t like kids.
  6. Kids just don’t get me.
  7. I’m too busy watching my own kids.
  8. Kids are gross.
  9. I don’t have any previous experience.
  10. I’m not a good enough Christian to teach kids.
  11. Isn’t that what you’re paid to do?
  12. I’m busy.
  13. I already put in my time. I volunteered last decade.
  14. I don’t like you.
  15. I don’t know anything about the Bible.
  16. I can’t sing.
  17. I’m not crafty enough.
  18. I’m not creative enough.
  19. I’m not a juice and cracker man.
  20. I think God’s calling me to the parking lot ministry instead.


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Whatever the case, Children’s Ministry Magazine has tons of articles to help you out! So, what’s the worst excuses you’ve ever heard? Share with us using the comment section below!


About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor. He is now serving in the church again! Our loss is kids' gain!


  1. Children's Ministry Magazine

    Think I've heard all of those in some form or another, but the best one that I have heard (that you didn't list) was this:
    "Well, you see, just got a new puppy and I need to be with her."
    A new dog…. Really!?!
    I decided after that comment that if people didn't WANT to volunteer, then they weren't the kind I WANTED serving in my ministry!

  2. Children's Ministry Magazine

    Amy- I thought I heard every bad excuse already! I never heard that one—wow! Thanks for sharing! I wonder if anyone can beat that one?

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