How To Resign From A Church Volunteer Position
As church volunteers, we’re often asked to help with some of the most important and meaningful aspects of ministry. Whether it’s teaching the Sunday school class or working in the nursery, we offer ourselves for the sake of others and seek to make our church community a better place. But sometimes life changes can mean that you need to resign from your volunteer position at church. Whether you’re moving away or retiring from active ministry, being able to send a proper letter of resignation is an important part of good stewardship toward your fellow believers—and yourself! Here are some tips on how you can do this successfully:
Determine a Specific Reason For Leaving
You will have many reasons for leaving your church or volunteer position. Some of these reasons may be personal and private, but other reasons should be shared with the organization to help them find a replacement. Whatever the reason, it’s important that you are honest about your reasoning when submitting your resignation. Consider the following:
- Are you leaving because of a moral objection? If so, you’ll need to make sure this is communicated clearly and directly in writing so that there is no room for misinterpretation on either side.
- Is there something about how the organization operates that makes it difficult for you to continue working there? If so, whether or not this is an issue with leadership or culture within the organization itself, it may still be beneficial for both parties if other volunteers know what kinds of practices are causing problems in order that they can work towards changing them while they’re still actively involved in ministry together.
Put Your Resignation In Writing
When you’re ready to tell your church you’re stepping down from your volunteer position, it’s important to do so in writing. While you can send an email or short text message, the best way to ensure that the church understands that your resignation is official and binding is by sending them a formal letter of resignation.
A formal letter of resignation should include the following information:
- Your name, address, phone number and email address (if available)
- The date on which this letter was written; if possible, also include the date on which your last day of work will be
- A brief explanation as to why you are resigning (if applicable) – “I am moving out of state” or “I have accepted another job.” This explanation should not be more than two sentences long.
Deliver the Resignation Personally
Once you’ve written your resignation letter, you’ll want to deliver it in person. Don’t send an email or a courier over: deliver the letter personally in order to make sure that the person receives it. Do not leave it in the mailbox, drop box or office, leave it in their car or on their desk, or even just leave it somewhere close by that they will find later.
Remain Committed Until a Successor Can Begin
You must remain committed to your job until a successor can begin. That means that you won’t resign until:
- You have found a replacement.
- You have trained your replacement.
- You have resolved any issues that may have arisen during your tenure.
- You know in good faith that the organization is in good hands and will be able to move forward without you, both immediately and into the future
Church volunteers are vital to the success of the church.
Church volunteers are vital to the success of the church. They are the backbone, eyes and ears, hands and feet, and heart and soul.
The average church volunteer is not a member of the clergy or paid staff; rather they are people who have been touched by God’s love in such a way that they want to give back by serving Him through their local community of believers. In fact, it’s estimated that there are over 40 million people who volunteer in some capacity within Christian churches around America! That’s an incredible number when you consider how many other things we could be doing with our time besides helping out at church events or outreaches like feeding the hungry or clothing those less fortunate than ourselves.
We hope this article has given you the confidence to know that resigning from a volunteer position in your church can be a good thing for everyone involved. When you’re ready to make the transition, remember that it’s important to be as respectful as possible and provide a valid reason for leaving. Once again, we wish you all the best!