The months of May and June are very busy for us. While we take a step back from the usual programming there are still a lot of tasks that need to be done. To reach our goals means rallying together our volunteers. That means plenty of meetings.
Meetings are important in youth ministry. They allow you to:
- Cast Vision
- Hash Out Ideas
- Celebrate Accomplishments
- Build Community
They have the potential to bring your ministry to the next level. BUT, they need to be done well A volunteer needs to feel like it’s worth their while or they will not show up. So before you plan that next meeting make sure you tackle these 4 tasks:
“I don’t feel like I’m needed anymore.” I just stood there. I was disappointed, sad, shocked and angry all at the same time. Didn’t this volunteer see that I needed him? He was feeling useless. And the reason he felt useless is because there wasn’t clarity around what needed to be done.
Volunteers will leave your ministry if there is no clarity with their role. The solution is quite simple. You need to create a job description for each of your volunteers. That means writing down:
I was not being simple. Instead of asking, “Will you get involved.” I was trying to use imagery and analogies to persuade this person to serve. My problem? I feared rejection and failure.
While those were legitimate concerns, I needed to get over it. I finished the email and hit send. Then I waited and waited some more. Finally, I got an email saying, “Sure.”
That was it? What was I nervous about again?
We had chips and salsa, so it had to be fun, right? I had called all my high school volunteer leaders together to analyze an entire year of high school programs. The majority of the time was spent looking at a survey I had sent out to all of the volunteers.
I know there is no amount of chips and salsa that can make analyzing a program fun. In fact it can be quite painful. But, if you do not take a look at what you are doing and how you do it, then you’ll limit your ministry’s potential.
The reason you might be reluctant to review your ministry is because you either:
I’m not a great small group leader. I own the conversation and ask too many closed ended questions. Despite my shortcomings the guys in my small group like me and I love them. The largest challenge I face is bringing them back each week.
Bringing students back is a challenge. On top of all their responsibilities they’ll have to deal with their lives constantly changing. To work with teenagers in an ever changing world it’s important to think:
That means looking at the teens who attend as more than numbers. It’s about understanding why they come and why they don’t. To think relationally and bring teens back you need to: