Training doesn’t always need to be an event. Here are ways to sneak in training when your volunteers least expect it.
You’ve just finished one of the greatest summers in children’s ministry history! Now it’s time for you to kick off a new school year, plan a fall festival, get ready for a musical, recruit volunteers, sort curriculum, get the newsletter out, put the bulk mailing dates on the calendar, reserve rooms, coordinate child care, and train volunteers.
So much to do… so little time.
Let’s talk about the ever-present need to train volunteers. When can you fit that in? The world tells our team members that a packed calendar is a sign of success. When will they fit in training? Besides, training events sound optional; do people really have to go to those every time?
When can you train? On Saturday…no, that’s soccer-baseball-water-ski-family day.
Okay, how about Sunday? Pleeease! Today alone three teachers needed subs at the last minute; next week the kids are singing in big church… Sundays are jammed!
Could you schedule it during the week? Wait! Miss Debbie can’t come on Mondays because she’s at Weigh Down Workshop; the Campbells can’t come on Tuesdays because that’s ballet night.
Sound familiar? Time-crunched families and volunteers are the norm today. So maybe training doesn’t always have to be a set time, place, or agenda. Instead you can sneak in training when your volunteers least expect it. The following training ideas can refocus your time, energize your team, and mobilize your teachers to remain faithful to their calling!