This week weâ€™re talking volunteers! A key part of any youth ministry is the leadership team. If youâ€™re doing ministry all alone, youâ€™re going to bottleneck growth or burn outâ€”take time to build a great team and youâ€™ll never regret it.
But building a great team can be a big challenge! Today weâ€™re going to blast out a few bullet points that we think will help you surround yourself with a great group of like-minded youth workers:
â€¢ Ask God to lead you to the right people within your church.
â€¢ Look for key places to find peopleâ€”menâ€™s/womenâ€™s Bible study groups, the college ministry, leaders moving up with their younger students, etc.
â€¢ Resist the urge to just make a blanket announcement; youâ€™ll get â€œzerosâ€ who will hurt you in the long haul or â€œheroesâ€ who are already volunteering for everything and are overcommitted.
â€¢ If you have a red flag at any point in the process, pass on that person. Better to have a difficult conversation before than have to clean up a mess after.
â€¢ In part of your interview, talk through their passions and gifting.
â€¢ Personality plays a big role in success of using volunteers well. Factor in personality.
â€¢ Place people based on their available time; if someone is stretching to be a small group leader, it might be too much commitment and you might want to suggest another role.
â€¢ Finally, place them according to their gifts and availabilityâ€¦not according to your needs!
â€¢ Prepare your people for common challenges they will encounter in their role serving students.
â€¢ Promise (and deliver on that promise when necessary) that youâ€™ll be there when they face something they donâ€™t feel super prepared for.
â€¢ Resource them with articles, books, and back-pocket guides to help them group as a leader.
â€¢ Remember their birthdays, send encouraging notes, etc.
â€¢ Be present when you speak to them; pouring into them is, by extension, pouring into your students.
â€¢ Gather regularly for celebration, training, and story-telling.
What else needs to be done well in order to build a great team? Add your thoughts!
This post was written by Josh Griffin and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter.Â Subscribe to SYM Today right here.