3 Ways to Gift Your Volunteers this Christmas

Gifting Your VolunteersThe Christmas season is a busy time for everyone. It’s a time of year where everyone is running around shopping, attending parties, and visiting family members. As student pastors we must not forget our volunteers are crazy busy during this season. We have asked a lot of them up until this part of the year and they still will give us another semester of working with our students. Christmas is a great time to thank your volunteers and gift them in some way. Here are three ideas for gifting your volunteers this Christmas.

Send them a card with a gift card. This is the route I took this year. I personally hand wrote a thank you card to each of my volunteers and included $5 gift card to Starbucks. It was a simple way for me to say thank you by writing them a short note and giving them a small gift. There is something special about a hand written letter. I promise you that if you take the time to hand write a letter to your volunteers they will feel appreciated and it will be an instant win for you. Your volunteers do a ton in your ministry, the lest you can do is write them a note and give them a small gift.

Throw them a Christmas party. This is what one of our campuses at CCC did for their student ministry volunteers. They threw them a special Christmas party as a way to say thank you. This is a good idea because it is just another way to build community among your volunteer team. If you have a large enough house, this may be a great way to open up your home to your volunteers. The only negative thing in  doing something like this is your volunteers schedules are probably pretty filled up during this season so having a Christmas party may just be adding another event to their calendar. It could become a burden rather than a joy. But every volunteer team is different so this may be a great way for you to gift them this Christmas.

Give them a break! If you do anything for your volunteers this Christmas just give them some time off! Cancel youth group for a week or two so your volunteers can enjoy Christmas with their friends and family. Plus, your students and their families probably need a break as well! Just do something to give your volunteers a break. This is a great time for them to step back, catch their breath, and let them reenergize before starting a new semester with students.

These are just three ways you can gift your volunteers this Christmas. Volunteers play a vital role in your ministry so don’t miss out on a chance to say thank you during this Christmas season.

[Question] How do you use the Christmas season to say “thank you” to your volunteers?

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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  1. For the past few years, we’ve made a significant donation to water projects in honor of our volunteers. We send them a each a handwritten card to say thanks and to tell them about the gift. Then we get a nice print made of the well and hang it in our volunteer room.

    1. Aaron,

      That’s a great and creative idea! Tell me more about this volunteer room? What’s that about? Sounds like it could be a cool idea.


      1. Hey Austin, it’s not much, but we have a room just for our volunteers. We do a ten minute volunteer meeting in there before each of our programs.

        It also gives them a safe place to stow coats and purses during the program.

        We keep it stocked with coffee, a small library of youth ministry books, and plenty of pre-postaged postcards so that they can easily send notes to students during the week.

      2. Aaron,

        That’s awesome! I’d love to do something like that for our volunteers. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Justin,

      Thanks for taking the time to read it man! Let’s exchange another guest post soon. Maybe in Jan. when the Holidays are over.


      1. Same here! We can touch base next month. Hope things are going well for you over on the West coast!

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