There’s a training innovation on the horizon that’ll transform your ministry.
The number of volunteers has increased significantly over the past decade, according to the Points of Light Foundation. In 1987, there were 80 million volunteering adults aged 18 and over, while today there are more than 109 million. So where are all those volunteers, you may wonder.
They’re plugging into organizations that meet their needs for significance. As a children’s minister, you have the place that helps volunteers make a difference in the lives of children—that’s the first part of significance. Now learn how you can help volunteers find significance in relationships as you train them through relationships.
21ST CENTURY VOLUNTEER PROFILE
Building a successful training program begins with understanding today’s contemporary volunteers. Today’s volunteer is busy. Nearly 50 percent of all adults admit they have hectic, out-of-control lives—especially those under 50 with children still at home. Multiple careers, job transfers, forced retirements, divorce, single-parenting, financial pressures, and children returning to the home are some of the challenges facing your volunteers and ministries today. However, despite all the busyness, today’s volunteers are looking for relationships and purpose when investing their time and resources.
Here’s a general description of volunteers’ needs at each life stage.
- Mid 60s and up Volunteers in their mid 60s and older are nearing retirement, and trends show that they have a very strong sense of responsibility to their churches. They’d like fewer, but significant options for service.
- 40s and 50s People in this age group may be facing major transitions and decisions as they consider ways to transition from a focus on material success to spiritual significance. They may be time-crunched, but they’re looking for opportunities to make a difference.
- Under 40 People under 40 have more discretionary time to commit to a significant cause, but they guard their time closely. They have a high awareness of social concerns and environmental issues, and they respond best when given freedom to develop new ministry approaches—without heavy-handed guidance by older people.
Trends also show that parents are looking for opportunities to spend more time doing something meaningful with their families, and parents are volunteering more at schools and activities where their whole families can be involved.