The Art of saying Thank You
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By Anne Miranda
First lesson: A little goes a long way.
I remember getting a note of encouragement from the person overseeing my department. It was hand written. It had words of affirmation. In 5 sentences a little card, from someone who genuinely cared said, “I see you, I value you.”
In the book Tribes by Seth Godin (this is a must read for leaders!) he says, "How was your day?" is a question that matters a lot more than it seems.” This simple question shows that the individual is human, they are acknowledged, they mean something. The relationship is more than completing a task, it’s about connecting with the other. Connecting is a powerful art form.
Second lesson: Paul teaches believers to be thankful.
No one in ministry can be alone. We are commissioned to make disciples, and saying thank you to those disciples is vital to the longevity of any ministry.
Paul writes, “We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3-4
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:15-16
Lay leaders or volunteers are the heartbeat of churches and organizations. Saying thank you is an essential element to team building. Whether that is through a verbal message, a written wrote, a gift of appreciation, praying with someone about their personal prayer requests (rather than always ministry related items) all of these vehicles echo that the volunteer is a person who is cared for and loved.
I encourage you to think outside the box.
Know the names of those that work so hard behind the scenes. Let them know that you sincerely care about them as individuals. But please, don’t fake it. Genuine gratitude is felt. If you don’t know how to show appreciation, ask God to help you identify the gold that is within your team members. He will infuse his sight unto you so you can see what he sees in each individual. Remember we are all part of a body (1 Corinthians 12:12), so we can’t all do the same thing, yet each one is strategically placed to fulfill their part.
Lesson Three: Do something!
Set a time, date, a reminder in your calendar where you will intentionally plan to appreciate your volunteers.