Joel at The Mayward Blog has posted a simple but creative way to show appreciation for your youth ministry volunteers: give them the night off...by having them show up for youth group:
Last night, I surprised our volunteer junior high staff by giving them the night off. At the beginning of the evening, I called all the staff up on stage and the students gave them a hearty round of applause. They were sent off with Gus the Intern to the Cheesecake Factory for some dessert and fellowship, all expenses paid.
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