You can’t do ministry on your own, you need a team. But, what happens when you feel like someone on your team doesn’t have your back?
The only thing worst than doing ministry on your own is running it with a team that you feel like is disloyal and undermining. If you ignore it, it will only grow and eventually take you out of the game. To address it you need to:
Training is something we want to provide for all of our ministers. The problem is that putting together a training event can feel overwhelming and complicated.
Why is it complicated? It’s because we want people to come, get the most out of it and use what we give them. The pressure to not waste and give them something substantial is paralyzing. In the end it’s easier to do nothing. But, it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Building a team of volunteers takes work, but keeping them around is a whole different challenge. Why they leave could depend on a variety of reasons, but why they stay is due to two:
PURPOSE and GRATITUDE
As a leader you have to give your team both of these things. And the great part is that giving them to your volunteers isn’t rocket science. In fact it’s quite simple. To show your team purpose and gratitude:
A fellow youth worker once said to me, “Chris, it’s easy to get volunteers when your church is thriving but how can you do that when it’s dying?”
Finding volunteers in a dying or thriving parish is challenging; however, not impossible. The only way it could be possible is if literally every Sunday not a single person walks into your church building. To recruit volunteers in a dying parish is possible, you just need to:
There was a point in my ministry when I had plenty of volunteers; however, the ministry wasn’t growing. The problem was a lack of leadership. People would do what I asked, but never take it to the next level.
While it might be easy to blame your ministers for never taking the reigns, the truth is you might be holding them back. To take your volunteers to the next level of leadership you need to make sure you: