Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Three Reasons to Volunteer with Operation Christmas Child

Pastors can encourage growth in church members through volunteerism

Pedro, third from left, with year round volunteers

With so many churches struggling to meet their weekly needs in terms of finances and volunteers, why on earth would a pastor encourage his congregation to apply to volunteer year round with Operation Christmas Child? After all, won’t they give Operation Christmas Child all of their time? Doesn’t volunteering take away from the church?

Encouraging people to volunteer with Operation Christmas Child will only strengthen them and the church. Here are three reasons why.

  1. Operation Christmas Child volunteers don’t stop serving in their church.

We conducted a survey of our volunteers, and one thing surprised me. More than 90 percent of our 8,000+ year round volunteers serve in other organizations. The most common place they serve is their church. Operation Christmas Child volunteers continue to be involved with the churches they attend, maybe even more than before.

  1. Operation Christmas Child volunteers are aware of what God is doing around the world.

Operation Christmas Child volunteers not only become better volunteers, but they also become more aware Christians. We’re a Christian international relief organization. We’re constantly communicating the impact that our volunteers are making across the world. A grandmother who has been serving with Operation Christians Child for more than 10 years has probably helped thousands of children come to faith in Jesus Christ, and she knows it. She also knows where the most recent typhoon hit in the Philippines and what the response has been—and she can help you stay up-to-date too.

  1. Operation Christmas Child volunteers become better leaders.

We invest in our volunteers. We have conferences, monthly calls, eLearning, workshops, and an entire website full of resources dedicated to our U.S. volunteers.

Our volunteers serve in dedicated roles with ministry descriptions. Their roles cover specific local areas, which in turn cover the entire United States.

Our volunteers have the opportunity to become experts in recruiting, selecting, equipping, leading, and developing other volunteers. We have volunteer leaders that lead teams of other volunteers.

What if I told you that I could train the people in your church in international ministry, to recruit and lead volunteers, to take on incredible responsibility, to set up a booth, to put together a presentation, or to lead millennials in ministry while they continue to serve your church?

Have I convinced you yet?


This article is part of our January series highlighting year-round volunteers who serve through Operation Christmas Child.

Click here to find out more about volunteering with Operation Christmas Child.

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13 Comments on "Three Reasons to Volunteer with Operation Christmas Child"

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mayra
2 months 25 days ago

Hoy en Ecuador mi hijo recibio una cajita de ustedes quiero agradecerles y orar para q nuestro Señor bendiga a cada persona que hace posible que cada año sonrian muchos niños…Dios los bendiga y en especial a una persona llamada Tina Sugar Lans,TEXAS USA..mil gracias por tu tarjeta Dios te bendiga..

Sharon brown
4 months 7 days ago

I would love more information on becoming involved.

Jan Nelson
4 months 7 days ago

Thank you for posting this article. I shared it with the church relations members to encourage them to focus on who they have talked to this past year that could be a potential year round volunteer. We agreed with all of the reasons and will use these when we talk to people.

Susanna Martinez
4 months 13 days ago

Love bring the joy to the kids in Mexico. Had an awesome turn out in GTO, MX we got over 300 boxes and about 30 r more receive Jesus as their Savior. God continue to bless everyone involved in the ministry. From God’s love to all of you. From Juventino Rosas GTO MX AND WEATHERFORD TX.

Angelica
4 months 14 days ago

Agradeciendo enormemente sus bendiciones mi hija recibio un obsequio de parte de ustedes,hizo que los buscara por internet para agradecer a lizie quien fue quien le envio su regalo y la cartita con sus buenos deceos navideñas.
Hoy ella pide a Dios para que algun dia pueda dar las gracias a ella y que pueda conocerla
(La imaginacion de los niños jajaja)
Bueno Dios los bendiga y un gran saludo de Tecate BC Mexico
Gracias por la alegria que brindaron no solo a mi niña sino a todos y cada uno de estos niños 😉

Angelica
4 months 14 days ago

Hola buenas noches
Yo quiero agradecer por la noble causa que hacen,hoy mi hija no paro de agradecer por el obsequio que recibio, hizo que los buscara por internet para agradecer a lizie quien le envio su regalo y una pequeña carta con sentimientos nobles y firmada por ella
Dijo que le pediría a Dios, para que algun dia ella misma le pudiera dar las gracias por tanta felicidad que le causo
Dios los bendiga y saludos de tecate BC 😉

Anonymous
4 months 14 days ago

Would love to be a volunteer in Zimbabwe

Louise
4 months 15 days ago

Our church does this every year; would like to get more involved! A wonderful program!!!

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