Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition: A Lay Leadership Development Program for Adults

Activity 5: Confessions of a Prodigal Volunteer

(25 minutes)



  • Pre-arrange with one or more participants to read the story and provide them with a copy of the story in advance.


Invite participants to listen to the volunteer(s) read the story.

Engage the group in conversation with these questions:

  • What aspects of the author’s story resonated for you?
  • What does the story suggest that leaders can do to support a culture that reduces burnout?

Remind the group that part of their covenant is to respect the confidentiality of personal information and stories shared here.