I’m on a quest. My goal: to clean up and simplify a whole bunch of my youth ministry’s “stuff”. I think lots of youth groups are like mine…we make rocket science out of stuff that should be very simple. Take volunteers, for example. Certainly there is a whole lot that goes into building a healthy volunteer team, but what are the most basic things…the things that when done well give the best results? I haven’t thought this all the way through, but here is my initial thinking:
ENLIST: Do a good job of getting the right people on the bus. You need more volunteers, but you don’t need more of the wrong volunteers! Create some sort of system that helps you enlist the right youth workers for your junior high ministry.
EQUIP: Keep it basic, but make sure you train and equip your team. Figure out what the most essential equipping components are and focus on those.
EMPOWER: Give ministry away! Let them create new ministries! Don’t view your team as nothing more than foot soldiers carrying out your orders. Give them ownership and let them run.
ENCOURAGE: Cheer them on! Lovingly correct them when needed! Say thank you a whole lot.
What are some of the crucial, but very basic, things you do with your volunteers?