5 Reasons People Volunteer

by Bob D’Ambrosio. Group, March 2, 2015. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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This brief article by Bob D’Ambrosio, a Group Church Leadership Team member, discusses five motivations people have for volunteering. D’Ambrosio wants to help leaders guide volunteers to an appropriate ministry that intersects with their personal motivations. D’Ambrosio identifies the following five motivations: 1) a connection between the ministry and one’s personal wishes or principles; 2) a desire to learn more about others or the world; 3) to further develop one’s assets or deficiencies; 4) a desire to remedy or alleviate a concern they have for others; and 5) to receive some personal gratification. Volunteers who want to make a difference in other people’s lives, for example, would likely be more satisfied if the volunteer position matches a personal concern or strong belief. D’Ambrosio has a Christian perspective, but any faith tradition can use this information as a conversation starter, an evaluation tool, or as content for leadership training.