|From YouthMinistry.com on Thursday, August 9, 2012 @ 2:02 AM PST|
in the "Blog" Category.
I got my start in youth ministry as a volunteer ice cream scooper for the root beer float social one beautiful spring day in what feels like a hundred years ago. In the time since, I've encountered some good, not-so-good, and incredibly frustrating youth ministry volunteer care. To be honest, I've been both the volunteer and the leader in each of those encounters at some point. There's always more to learn, right? A few details I've learned to appreciate: Clear Expectations As the expression goes, the devil is in the details. Being clear with volunteers about the ministry role they will fill is a huge detail. No matter what the size of your ministry, ensuring that each person knows ahead of time when to be there and what to do—before, during and after the gathering—is key. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Strengthen Your Volunteer Team using the SYM's "Team" TOOL! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ It builds confidence in your team for each person to know his or her part. Yes, it seems like a no-brainer, but communicating and encouraging this regularly will help your volunteer team grow into the role and develop their ministry gifts. Plan Ahead Yes, really, plan ahead. Take the time to put all the official gatherings, meetings, and events on a calendar for your team. When your volunteers can plan their family and work life alongside ministry plans, it's easier to be fully present in each arena. When your volunteers take their vacation time for your ministry retreats, camps, and trips, it's a much more joyful process if they're able to plan. In relational ministry, there will always be the spontaneous gathering, but that's different that your team training time. read more Read More...
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