I often get asked, “How did we get so many adults serving in our student programs?” While I would love to say the answer is my good looks and charm it’s been the ability to let go.
Being a leader that actually delegates can be a painful process, but it’s totally worth it. By letting go and letting others lead, people will be more willing to commit for the long haul.
So, how do you let go?
You work hard at reminding people to come to your meetings and it doesn’t seem to work. No matter how much you stress them importance it just doesn’t seem like a priority. You get angry.
You want people to come to your meetings. There is much to discuss and work out, but people just won’t commit. The problem is you are forgetting a few important details. If you want your meetings to be effective than you need to remember that:
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 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:
One of the reasons we don’t take time off is the fear of missing something while being away. We picture the inbox filling up and the workload multiplying. The idea of going back is daunting.
To tackle that overwhelming feeling of getting back to work you need to find the right pace. To step back in after being away you need to make sure you: