Volunteers get burned out all the time. I see this happen so much in smaller churches because they place so much responsibility on volunteers, as larger churches, paid staff members have those responsibilities.

Why do volunteers get burnout and eventually quit and how do you avoid it?

Some reasons are beyond our control.

These reasons could be moving, job promotions, or scheduling.

Most reasons are because of the church.

Don’t let people overcommit.

This was something I did when I first started to volunteer. I wanted to be involved in everything I could, and as much as possible. Even though I had such a heart to serve, it was unhealthy if I was always serving.

It’s important to set a rule for how many times a volunteer should be scheduled each month. This could be different based on the size of your church and how many volunteers you currently have.

Be Relational

It’s important to have a good relationship with your volunteers. Know about what is happening in their lives and be there for them. You may see, because of their life circumstances, they should step back a little in volunteering. It will be easier for you to have that conversation with them because of your relationship. Odds are, they aren’t going to tell you until it’s too late.

Develop Leaders

One of my personal favorite quotes: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” It’s important to grow others to become leaders. They can help lead your team and take it to the next level.And it’s very important to listen to your volunteers so they feel heard.

Constantly be on the lookout for people who have leadership potential.

Honor Volunteers

No, I don’t just mean buy them gifts. There are multiple ways you can honor your volunteers. Prepare the best you can for them ahead of time. Nothing is worse then a volunteer coming in and not knowing what they need to do.

Communicate with your volunteers clearly about what is expected and the plans for each service/event.

Show appreciation! Gifts, volunteer dinners, etc. This goes a long way, and gives all the volunteers a chance to come together and fellowship, and the best part, it was all done without them.


The best leaders ask for feedback on what they are doing good, and what they are doing bad. And most times, they don’t even know they are doing the bad.The more aware of what type of leader are you, the more you will grow.


What are some things you do to show appreciation to your volunteers? What are some things you struggle with?