#4—Accountability for leadership
our church’s volunteers aren’t the only ones who benefit from a job description. Yes, having a job description for a volunteer shows that you’ve thought it through. Yes, putting this effort in communicates to a volunteer how important this job is.
But the process of creating a volunteer job description is great accountability for church leadership, too. It ensures that church leaders put time into designing the volunteer role. It forces ministry department leaders to be intentional about what they’re asking this volunteer to do.
What to include in a volunteer job description
Now that we’ve established why volunteer job descriptions are worth creating, let’s discuss how to create an effective one. We believe that every role description for a church volunteer should answer the following questions.
What is the purpose of this role?
Every volunteer job description should be able to explain why the role exists. Use this section of the role description to share what type of need this volunteer with help with and how the role fits into the mission of the church.
It’s human nature to want to know that the work you’re doing matters for something and to someone. Make sure that volunteers know why the role is so necessary.
Who does this volunteer report to and supervise?
In any type of role, it’s helpful to know who you should go to when you have questions and if you’ll be required to manage others. Some volunteers are team leaders who will help supervise other volunteers, so it’s important to make that clear on the job description.
When is this volunteer expected to serve? How long?
This list doesn’t have to be exhaustive, but it should give the volunteer a realistic picture of what the typical responsibilities of their role are. If there are any special qualifications they should have (such as technical experience or a childcare certification), this is also the best place to mention that.
Church volunteers are one of the most essential pieces of church operations. By giving their job descriptions the same type of care you would give to posting a paid job ad, you can grant them the level of role clarity that every team member deserves.
TAKE A NEXT STEP
Ready to create job descriptions for your church volunteers? You don’t have to start from scratch. We created a free Volunteer Job Description that serves as an example and a template. It includes all of the most important sections we listed and illustrates how to write each one. Click here to download this free resource.