The topic of producing a star team player could be written down on pages and pages of papryrus and rolled into a scroll, BUT I have ADD so I like things in short bursts. (with numbers or bullets and pictures also help)
I was thinking about leading a team. How should I take a church partner (member) and move them into the fabulous volunteer on a team?
There has to be some sort of training involved. Whether it’s a class up front that explains the whole youth ministry and all that is expected or a series of small training sessions along the way mixed with on the job training. Don't just throw them into the lion's den. We have an annual retreat for training as well as a “stand up” team meeting before youth group each week. Shoot me an e-mail and I can explain more.
When a person volunteers they want to do something, they want a task or tasks. If they aren’t given something to do they feel unfulfilled and soon you will find yourself looking to fill that spot again and the vicious cycle. We all want to feel like we are accomplishing something.
Once they have been trained and given a task you turn them loose. Answer any questions they may have along the way. Allow them the space to make decisions on their own within the expectation parameters they have been given. Trust your team.
Check in from time to time and talk about their ministry.
“How do you like serving on the YM team?”
“What is an area you struggle with?”
“Do you need help with anything?”
“What can I do better to help you minister to students?”
“When you dream about our youth ministry where do you see us going?”
“How do you feel when we accomplish our purpose as a team?”
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