With summer winding down do you feel like you have enough volunteers? The answer is probably, “No.” The truth is that it never feels like enough. I used to lose sleep as Labor Day approached. I would wonder, “Are we going to be okay?”
The truth is you will be okay, but that doesn’t change the fact that you still need to recruit volunteers. So, how do you make sure you have enough volunteers by the first gathering?
“How could they mess this up?” I had sent my volunteers the link for the game, but none of them came prepared. There I was bailing them out once again. Then it dawned on me, “I don’t think I told them to do anything more than check the link out.”
It is frustrating when it feels like your volunteers are just not getting it. You think about all the reasons why they aren’t meeting expectations, when the reality the reason could be you. Before you blame your volunteers for being incompetent, complacent or disloyal, ask yourself whether or not you have:
I used to have that awkward encounter where I would run into a teen that had not shown up to our ministry for a while. You know that one that used to come every week and then stopped. You say, “Hey, how’s it going?” when you really want to ask them, “Why haven’t you been coming back?”
The reality is that each teen is facing obstacles, and temptations preventing them from coming back. While some of the reasons are out of your control, there are 6 action steps you can take to make sure more teens are coming back. They are:
I remember asking my grandmother to teach me how to cook. She asked me why and I told her, “I wanted to woo girls.” I truly believed that if I mastered the art of cooking I would win over the woman of my dreams.
IT WORKED. Ask my wife and she’ll tell you one of the reasons she married me (and is still married to me) is because I know how to cook well.
Mastering the art of cooking might help you in marriage (and life). But, it’s not going to get you far in youth ministry. If you want to take your ministry to the next level you need to make sure you master the:
“Tone is the hardest part of saying no.”
- Jonathan Price, Put That In Writing
The word, “NO” holds a lot of power. It’s one that determines whether or not something happens. While tone is an important part of saying, “No”. It can be a stressful and difficult to say. But, you know you need to say it. And the reason you need to say, “NO.” is because: