You feel like you are taking a lot on lately. In fact too much for one person to handle. You have volunteers around you and you need them to step up. You need leaders, but don’t know where to find them.
The answer is to empower those around you. Empower them by investing in them to become leaders. And that takes more than just saying:
“Okay, here you go, you are the leader.”
You need to equip them with the right tools and opportunities. You need to:
With Thanksgiving less than a week away it’s easy to get caught up in the Christmas rush. But, before you start getting into the Christmas spirit take time to reflect and analyze the last few months of ministry.
You might not feel like there is a lot to work with, but a mid year review is valuable. It will help you see what needs adjusting. You can look at what is going on behind the scenes. And, it will give you the insight you need to make sure you stay on course.
To get started you need to ask the right people and 4 groups you should start with are:
We’re all desperate for volunteers. The more we can recruit the better we feel. Unfortunately, getting someone to serve in your ministry feels like an impossible task.
There always seems to be a million reasons why someone can’t or shouldn’t. And some of those reasons are legit. But, one of the largest reasons people do not get involved is because you aren’t going after them. Instead of waiting for everyone to come to your door you need to:
Early on in youth ministry I had several volunteers, but most of them appeared to be ineffective. It started out as disappointment and then turned into frustration. I started to take back control and do it all myself. I burned out.
We all want volunteers. They are supposed to:
- Help us with our ministry needs
- Extend our capacity
- Share the burden
The problem is that you aren’t giving them what they need to succeed. Your volunteers are more than warm bodies and glorified chaperones. Your volunteers are there to bring your ministry to the next level. And, in order for that to happen they need a:
A part of youth ministry is disappointment. Volunteers will quit when you are already short staffed. Teenager who are growing in faith will hit stumbling blocks. You’ll have parents no show after you’ve spent hours putting together a workshop for their benefit.
While you are allowed to be disappointed and angry, you also need realistic expectations. The goal in youth ministry is to CHALLENGE and ENCOURAGE. The problem is when we set people up to fail and discourage them instead.
To communicate and set realistic expectations you need to: