by Rob Purcell/ September 28, 2016
Relationship is key in the kingdom of God. You can’t go far in Scripture without seeing God connecting with mankind and being in relationship with them.
Even back to the Garden of Eden, God walked in the garden and spoke with man face to face. As leaders, why should our desire to connect with those that serve alongside of us be any different? Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15), and goes on to say, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
Jesus was all about connecting with those who served Him. In fact, Jesus exemplified service in His relationship to others. He said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). I believe in connection and relationship-building with my volunteers. I think at this point, it’s what I love most about being a pastor. Below is a list of points where connection can happen and where they have happened for me:
Connecting with volunteers is deliberate; it takes time and effort. Jesus spent years with His disciples. While we would love for people to serve and for relationships to happen just because we have the title “pastor,” it doesn’t. It takes real time, effort, and forethought to make connections with volunteers.
These points will not only build connection with your volunteers, it will enrich your life and your love for the people you serve.