Your volunteers love to be affirmed, but many may prefer
simplicity when it comes to what really speaks to them. Consider
these tips for keeping your affirmations simple and authentic.
• Make it consumable. Some volunteers say they prefer something
practical they can use, eat, or wear over something that'll take up
space on a shelf for decades to come. Think lotion, chocolates, or
a ministry T-shirt.
• Don't get extravagant. Most ministries don't have an
overabundant budget for affirmations, but even if you do, remember
that your volunteers aren't likely to expect -- or want -- anything
that seems extravagant by ministry terms. People who are willing to
give their time, energy, and resources to support your ministry may
be unhappy if they perceive that a significant amount of money was
used to purchase gift items or an expensive meal. If someone
outside the ministry donates special items or meals, make the fact
of the donation known to your volunteers.