Calling Forth Catechists: Why People Volunteer

Sailor writes notes of encouragement with student.As you call forth vocations to catechesis, it’s good to know why people volunteer in the first place. Understanding why people volunteer makes it easier to identify and invite people to volunteer. Research shows that people volunteer for the following reasons:


  • Achievement – to learn new skills, accomplish something worthwhile, increase self-esteem
  • Challenge  – to stretch themselves, discover gifts and talents
  • Creativity – to express themselves creatively
  • Independence – to undertake a task “on their own” (separate from spouse or family)
  • Leadership  – to develop personal leadership ability
  • Recognition  – to accomplish something that will reflect positively (to polish their resume, etc.)
  • Self-Expression  – to articulate and pass on strongly held beliefs
  • Service – to be of service to others; to “give back”
  • Socialization – to make new friends

Research also shows that women volunteer more than men and that the age group most willing to volunteer is between 35 and 44.

Next up: Your pool of candidates


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About Joe Paprocki 2164 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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