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04. 2. 2023

Leadership| Current Events

Thank You Cheaply

| 2 min read

Written by Mark Maestas
Feb 24, 2023 8:00:00 AM

10 Frugal Ways to Show Your Church Staff and Volunteers How Much You Appreciate Them


March 3rd is National Employee Appreciation Day.


Are you struggling to find ways to show your appreciation to your church staff and volunteers without breaking the bank? Don't worry ... we've got you covered!


Here are 10 creative and affordable ways to let your church staff and volunteers know just how much you appreciate all that they do:

  1. Write a heartfelt thank you note. Sometimes the simplest gestures can go a long way, and a handwritten note expressing your gratitude can be just as meaningful as a material gift.
  2. Give the gift of food. Whether it's bringing in a batch of cookies or ordering pizza for a staff meeting, food is always a hit. *Note: Youth Pastors eat pizza 24/7 maybe try Chinese take-out. 
  3. Offer your time and talents. Do you have a particular skill or hobby that you could offer as a way of thanking your church staff or volunteers? Whether it's offering to mow the lawn or paint a room, your time and talents can be just as valuable as a monetary gift.
  4. Say thank you with a smile. A simple smile and a heartfelt "thank you" can go a long way in making someone feel appreciated.
  5. Show your appreciation through actions. Instead of just saying "thank you," try to demonstrate your appreciation through your actions. For example, if you know a volunteer loves coffee, bring them a cup of their favorite brew as a thank you.
  6. Give the gift of relaxation. Consider giving a gift certificate for a massage or a day at the spa. Everyone could use some pampering and relaxation from time to time.
  7. Recognize their hard work publicly. Consider recognizing your church staff and volunteers during a Sunday service or in a newsletter. This can be a great way to show your appreciation and let others know about the valuable work they do.
  8. Give the gift of fun. Consider giving a gift card for a local movie theater or a membership to a local recreational facility. This can be a great way to let your church staff and volunteers know that you appreciate their hard work and want them to have some fun.
  9. Say thank you with flowers. A bouquet of flowers can brighten anyone's day and show your appreciation in a thoughtful and meaningful way.
  10. Give the gift of experience. Consider giving tickets to a local concert or sporting event. This can be a great way to let your church staff and volunteers know that you value their hard work and want to give them an experience they'll never forget.


Remember, it's not about the cost of the gift, it's about the thought and appreciation behind it. So next time you're looking for ways to show your appreciation to your church staff and volunteers, try one of these affordable and thoughtful ideas. Your appreciation will mean more to them than any material gift ever could.

Do you need some help thinking through how to find the right staff member? Or maybe your team needs a little coaching.  I'd love to have a conversation with you! 


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