Volunteering Dos and Donts

Volunteering Do’s –

Biblical Foundations:

  1. God’s Word is the foundation that this ministry stands on and the filter that it flows through.
  2. Pray for the clients regularly.
  3. Model servitude – work shoulder to shoulder together.


Being a good volunteer (as they apply to your role):

  1. Practice active listening skills.
  2. Set healthy boundaries with the clients. Matthew 10:16 “be wise as serpents, and as harmless as doves”.
  3. Remain humble and approachable. Share your own struggles, either current ones or ones you’ve overcome. Share how you avoid temptations, or where you gave in to them and how you got back on track.
  4. Lead with love. You will become disappointed and/or frustrated with the clients at some point. Model patience and love, but don’t be a pushover
  5. Stay confidential, but let them know that you will talk to their support network, using discretion, if needed – PO, FreedomWorks body, and others that the client has given permission for you to speak.
  6. Stay committed and consistent – follow up where you left off. Be a guide. Build trust.


Volunteering Don’ts –

  1. Don’t express judgment – accept each client for where they are in their walk; offer encouragement or correction where appropriate.
  2. Don’t try to model the perfect Christian life. The client either won’t believe you (in which case you are only modeling hypocrisy), or the client will try to meet that standard and give up in frustration.
  3. Don’t try to make the client in your own image. Ask them what their goals are, instead of giving them your own list. Accept them for where they are in their walk, and offer encouragement or correction where appropriate.
  4. A client is not a “project – treat him as a brother in Christ.
  5. Don’t fix/preach.
  6. Don’t loan money or other tangible resources.
  7. Don’t set unrealistic
  8. Assume NOTHING.
  9. Don’t set out to gain or be a friend, though it may happen that a friendship grows.
  10. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
  11. Don’t take sides – know the client’s survival skill is to divide or separate people.