Flashback Friday: Can Your Volunteers Love Each Other Too Much?
Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
Team unity is a beautiful thing. If you’ve been in a ministry setting for more than 90 seconds, you know that unity isn’t a commodity that’s easy to come by. Left to their own devices, volunteers often face in-fighting, jealousy, and superiority complexes.
So if your volunteer team is unified – focused on the same goal, playing together, getting along, enjoying one another’s company – that’s the point where you drop to your knees and thank God for a pretty unique blessing.
But is it possible for your volunteers to love each other too much?
Think back to the last time you walked into a fast food restaurant or a retail establishment. If you spotted employees cutting up with each other, teasing one another, or laughing together, your first thought might be, “This is a healthy environment. These people love what they do and the people they do it with.”
But here’s the rub: if the conversation and laughter continued to your exclusion, then team solidarity leads to guest solitude. In other words, they’re having a party, and you’re not invited.