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I’ve been blessed to travel around the country the last year with my pastor to help promote his book Rebuilt. And, one of the questions we’re consistently asked is:
You send out an email reminder to leaders about that meeting you’ve spent months planning only to get this reply, “Hey, would love to join you but I’ve been so BUSY. Sorry, I can’t make it.” It’s frustrating, but it’s a reality.
Your leaders are busy. In fact all of us are busy and that’s an understatement. One of the main reasons a volunteer stops showing up or doesn’t ever get involved is because they don’t have:
We’ve all experienced a broken promise. They hurt. An expectation is made and when it’s not met you feel let down.
In youth ministry there is a pressure to include everyone. We feel like everyone needs to get involved. The problem is it’s not possible. People will be let down and disappointed because:
We spend a lot of time recruiting volunteers, convincing people to get involved. Then you finally get them and it becomes about helping them stay. Why should they stay?
While vision and purpose are key, how you help them grow is paramount. As a leader your responsibility is to help your volunteers grow spiritually and professionally. If all they do is serve they’ll eventually:
To roll out a new program is an exciting and exhausting experience. There are people to prepare, logistics to communicate and resources to gather. But, there is more.
Many youth ministers are caught off guard by some of the intangibles to starting a new program. And that’s because they are not always easy to plan for. When you roll out something new you need to know how to: