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The Youth Ministry Volunteer Process: Part 2

 —  March 30, 2011 — 2 Comments

Yesterday I posted part 1 of our volunteer process in our high school ministry – here’s the second half of the process from start to finish. Let me know if there’s anything that needs clarifying in the comments!

Train
Leader training is a critical and ongoing step in the process, our very best leaders attend small group leader training each year, even as veterans. We regularly give away little books or resources, encourage them with a video or note and even make sure they have ongoing training in their hands every few months.

Care
When there is a crisis in the life of one of our leaders, we are there. Flowers for a death in the family, a visit if they’re in the hospital, prayer over a family crisis – I am a pastor to pastors – and these amazing volunteers are our front line ministers so I need to give them focus, love and care.

Encourage
Be a cheerleader.

Remove
Occasionally you may have to remove a leader. Every year so far we’ve had to deal with the messiness of ministry specifically with volunteers. It may be a personal issue, a doctrinal issue or something to do with lifestyle. Either way, I have to take care of it as it is part of our process. My least favorite one on this list but a necessary evil.

Celebrate
We have some superstar leaders, and when they’re run is over we celebrate. Maybe it is as simple as a note or movie tickets, other times it is dinner at a nice restaurant. Take time to love them our the door if they finish well.

JG

Josh Griffin

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2 responses to The Youth Ministry Volunteer Process: Part 2

  1. Andy Lawrenson March 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    We had a lady on our team who served for 7 years as a POD leader. When she stepped down from the team to focus on other areas of ministry we had a cake to celebrate all of her hard work.
    Removing someone from the team is never enjoyable or fun and often heart breaking.

  2. Jeremiah Isley March 31, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Josh,

    Good stuff. I’m getting ready for a volunteer meeting this weekend and am definitely taking notes on your recent posts. Thanks!

    Blessings,

    Jeremiah

    http://www.nobusiness.org

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