The job doesn’t stop.
Now, that people have volunteered and are plugged into place, you need to continue to encourage them.
1. After a few weeks, ask how it’s going and answer any questions the person might have.
2. If a person asks you something and you’re in the middle of dealing with unruly kids or about to start the prelude, tell him/her you’ll talk later and then make sure you call or e-mail so questions can be answered.
3. Write occasional notes or e-mails letting you know you appreciate what he/she is doing. Be specific in your compliments. Not just “thanks.”
4. Have a “thank you” breakfast. Call your volunteers on Friday night and invite everyone to a breakfast the next morning – from 8:00 until 9:30. Don’t talk about ministry problems, but use the time to get to know each other better.
5. Give recognition. Thank the volunteer from the pulpit or in the bulletin/worship folder for doing the nursery laundry, mowing the church lawn, fixing the AC, etc.