Eliminate Volunteers…It’s Not Consistent with Our Theology

Eliminate Volunteers…It’s Not Consistent with Our Theology April 5, 2016

 

Eliminating Volunteers

Volunteers  – or the lack of them – let’s eliminate the term volunteer because it’s contrary to our theology. There’s no wonder why people aren’t functioning and many organizations complain that there are not enough volunteers to do the work needed. How do you feel about eliminating “volunteer” from your vocabulary?

It’s a Paradigm Shift

My strategy is to use a term such as “Members in Ministry” for church volunteers or “Community Servant Leaders” for nonprofits. These terms signify a higher level of engagement and activity. Using the term volunteer sets us up for a low performance standard because people volunteer when they want, do what they want, and compromise the work. Sometimes the social factor, not the passion for the work, is the driver.

I have used this language and, consequently, the different paradigm with organizations for many years with great success. We get stuck in an old paradigm with the previous language. So, it’s imperative to change the language to let go of the previous thinking.

I see that changing the word is the only way to begin to change the paradigm. What say Ye?

Please comment below.

 

Hugh Ballou
The Transformational Leadership Strategist TM
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