Would you like to be more intentional about saying thanks in the months ahead? Wouldn’t it be great to let people know how grateful you are for the many ways they serve?

Then consider blocking out an hour or two to create a list of thank-you ideas. Add the ones you like and that fit your setting to your calendar, one at a time, over the next twelve months. You’ll be surprised at what you accomplish as a result. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  1. Send one handwritten note each week. Consider notes that will . . .
  • acknowledge someone’s thoughtfulness
  • thank someone who demonstrated a servant heart
  • express appreciation to someone who has been of help to you
  • describe how helpful the person has been in using his/her specific gifts for Christ

Then list the people you want to contact and jot down why. Put each on a specific date on your calendar. When it is time to write each note, you need only refer to your list.

  1. Give a group of volunteers (e.g., Sunday school teachers) a small piece of candy with a note attached that says, “A little thanks for all the big work you do!”
  1. Host a meal for a group of volunteers. Invite a small group to your home, plan a larger gathering at church, or take a few people out to lunch/dinner. Say “thank you,” and build relationships all at the same time!
  1. As you notice people who are busy serving, stop and take a second to give them a hug or a smile—or both! Say, “Thanks for all you are doing! You make an important difference!”
  1. Use your church newsletters, social media, bulletin boards, and other communication channels publicly to affirm those who serve. Consider letting those who are being acknowledged know that this is happening. (Busy, active people may overlook it!)
  1. Surprise those who serve with a small gift or a simple bouquet of flowers. Include a note saying how important their gift of time is to the ministry.
  1. Take pictures of people as they serve. Print a few of the pictures. Send those who served a picture with a note thanking them for their servant heart.
  1. When you talk with your volunteers, ask them how you can pray for them. This conversation communicates your care for each individual, not only as a volunteer, but as a valued partner in ministry. Support and nurture one another!

Now that you have read these starter ideas, try to come up with a few. Then implement them one or two at a time as you are able.

May our Lord bless you as you intentionally continue to celebrate those who serve!


Editor’s note: If you’re looking for ways to recognize, connect, and celebrate volunteers in any or all of your ministries this fall, CTA can help. Check out the many resources we’ve developed, lots of them free! 


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