If you’re just tuning in, we are in the middle of our Worker Realization Model series. So far, we’ve discussed volunteer motivation as well as the first step in this process, which is inspire. If you have missed any of our previous posts, you can catch up here. Today, we’ll be covering the second step in our model: discover. For many of us, the idea of building relationships and learning about our volunteers is a vital part of the recruitment process. When we think about the word discover, we most likely think about trying to discern whether this person will fit in our department. Quite often we have our own internal checklist with which we judge prospective team members. I would argue, however, that discovery is less about what we want to learn about them, and more about what they need to learn about themselves. Instead of asking yourself if this person can accomplish the task you have in mind, seek to understand what makes your volunteer tick. Who they are is far more important than what you want them to do. Every volunteer needs to learn who God has created them to be. It is your job as their pastor and leader to partner with them on that journey. To help them along, ask them these three questions:  

  1. Who do you want to be?

    This question is really about personal values. Lasting legacies are built one decision at a time. Who they want to be will determine how they invest their time. If they are going to invest their time in your ministry, they must first discover if their involvement will help them become the person they want to be.
  1. What do you love to do?

    People will show up to do something they love. When a volunteer’s passions align with their ministry, they will show up with excellence every week. They will be excited, energized, and fulfilled. Passion opens the door for excellence.
  1. How were you designed?

    Many people are passionate about worship, but not everyone has the gifts and talents to be a worship leader. Values and passions come to life when aligned with their giftings. Walking in their talents and gifts will encourage the volunteer and lead to growth.
  There are many different ways to go about finding the answers to these questions. I read an article recently that outlined 11 different ways to embark on this journey of self-discovery. There is so much research to be utilized! I know that you will be instrumental in helping your volunteers become the people God created them to be. What a privilege it is to partner with your team on this journey. Remember that your responsibility as a pastor is to do more than develop strong programs; your job is to connect people to Jesus. When people meet Jesus, they unlock the well of potential that resides within them and are able to live out their God-given design.  


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