How does your church care for its unpaid servants (a.k.a. volunteers)? Rev. Kevin Dekoninck, pastor of New Haven United Methodist Church, has helped by providing them with a “bill of rights.” What would you add to their list?
— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development
“Volunteer Bill of Rights”
Volunteers are a vital part of our church as they serve as the hands and feet of Jesus. A volunteer not only helps a church fulfill its mission, but also allows the volunteer to grow in their love and service to the Lord.
As a volunteer at New Haven UMC you are entitled to the following rights:
- Receive a job description that adequately describes the position’s expectations
- Receive reasonable advance notice of upcoming committee meetings
- Be provided or directed to resources that will allow you to more effectively do your task
- The right to be notified of the term of office for your position
- The right to discontinue serving in your position when you no longer feel called to serve in that area
- Right to be treated as a fellow brother or sister in Christ
- Right to give and receive feedback
- God has blessed us with the Sabbath, a day of rest. In an effort to honor this day and keep it holy you have the right to attend Sunday worship without other church members talking to you about committee work. If you are pulled into a conversation such as this, you have the right to ask that person to contact you on another day.