3 Characteristics of a High Capacity Volunteer

16 June 2016

A high capacity volunteer is valuable member of any team, but often you will find that they may have on a small amount of time to contribute due to their work and family commitments. We all aim to become greater in our capacity as a volunteer, a team member and as a leader – and as leaders, we all aspire to raise up high capacity volunteers within our teams.

We have found that high capacity volunteer share three key characteristics. These characteristics are sometimes evident as soon as you meet a person, while other times you see these characteristics emerge over time. As a leader, we want to continuously self-develop these characteristics within ourselves, as well as helping to develop these characteristics in those we lead

Here are three characteristics of a high capacity volunteer:

1. High capacity volunteers commit to their growth

A high capacity volunteer is committed to growing themselves in their gifting and in their leadership – this is how they develop a high capacity! They are committed to getting better in all areas of their life.

What are you doing to grow your capacity as an individual? The truth is that if you’re not growing personally, then you’re not moving forward. So don’t just train, practice, or challenge yourself as much as you did last week; keep pushing to improve yourself this week as well. Position yourself amongst leaders and mentors that will help you in your development. Take responsibility of your own growth.

2. High capacity volunteers find balance in their life

Between serving at church on the weekend, having a healthy marriage, spending time with their kids, managing responsibilities at work, and getting enough rest, a high capacity volunteer is able to find balance in their lives. Striking this balance is what makes someone a high capacity individual. They are able to balance the shifting priorities of living a full life.

In the long run it is impossible to effectively compartmentalise your personal life, your work life, your family life and your ministry life; because if you’re moving forward, your life is always going to grow, change and become more chaotic. A high capacity individual is able to live with and manage these tensions effectively, so that they are able to find balance and live a full life.

3. High capacity volunteers involve others through delegation

A high capacity volunteer understands that life is often full and can be chaotic, and so they do not try to do everything by themselves. They will take responsibility, but they will also involve people in what they do through delegation.

High capacity volunteers understand that it’s not effective for them to say yes to everything and to do it on their own. It is very hard to enlarge your capacity, without increasing your influence. We can’t necessarily always do more, but can always involve more. In fact, doing everything on your own is often what keeps teams and churches small. Delegation will enable your effectiveness to grow in all areas of life, and will give others an opportunity to grow as they learn to do more.

As a leader, what are you doing to grow in your capacity, and what are you doing to raise up high capacity volunteers around you? By committing to your own growth, finding balance to live a full life, and involving others through delegation, you can grow in your capacity as a volunteer and leader. By encouraging and helping others to grow in these characteristics, you can also raise up high capacity volunteers around you.

This thought was originally shared during a webinar on High Capacity Volunteers hosted by Kris Mikkelson, Campus Pastor of our Hillsong UK Guildford location, during ‘Online Open Week’ in February 2016. Online Open Week is your opportunity to receive impartation and training direct from the Hillsong team through live webinars. 

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