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We all want to be appreciated for things we do, right? Of course we do! Anytime we hear the phrase “Good job!” or when we get that pat on the back, or even when we’re given a random gift card for a job well done, it is always great to be appreciated.
Years ago, Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book called “The Five Love Languages.” This was written so spouses could understand how each other gives and receives love. The languages are: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. While these love languages were originally designed for spouses, you can actually use the principles behind them to show appreciation to your ministry volunteers, as well. After all, people receive appreciation very similarly to the way they receive love.
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So how do you apply the principles of the five love languages into appreciating your volunteers? Here are some ideas:
Words of Affirmation
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“Good job!” Or, “We couldn’t have done this without you.” Or, “You lead a great lesson today.” Or, “I really appreciate you being on the team.” Those are all examples of ways you can verbally communicate how much you appreciate your volunteers. People who receive appreciation and love this way may also appreciate a handwritten note, a text message or a simple phone call telling them how much you appreciate them. The more you can communicate that in a variety of ways, the more they will feel appreciated.
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Spending quality time with leaders could be simply taking them out to coffee and getting to know them and what is going on in their lives. Or, it could be taking them out to a theme park or the river/beach for a relaxing team bonding day. It could even be a simple cookout...
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