Volunteers vs. Unpaid Servants

I was at a worship conference that week that was amazing.  One of the things that Mike Slaughter, Lead Pastor at Ginghamsburg UMC, talked about was creating a culture where there are no Volunteers.  Rather at GUMC they have teams of unpaid Servants.

The difference he explained is that people who volunteer do it on their time when that have it to spare.  Where as unpaid servants are poeple who are serving with their whole selves and doing it the best that they can.  This kind of service demands commitment and a mentality to serve the church.
I think this is a wonderful way of looking at the people who give of their time and gifts to ministry.  It raises the bar and the expectation level to a place that would then “demand” excellence out of those who serve the church rather than just giving the church your leftovers.  I really thought that this was a great perspective and term for those who give to the church.