Ownership vs. Possession
As a ministry leader, you want your volunteers to take ownership
of their ministries. You need them to be involved intellectually,
emotionally, and spiritually. And volunteers produce the best
results when they make a personal investment. There is, however, a
fine line between healthy ownership and unhealthy possession.
Here’s a checklist you can use to define that line.
|Welcomes others’ involvement||Is exclusive and involves a select
|Welcomes input and guidance||Says “my way or the highway”|
|Is flexible and rolls with the
|Is rigid and legalistic|
|Contributes to the big picture||Turns inward|
|Spreads credit around||Enjoys the spotlight|
|Submits to authority||Resists authority and rebels|
|Sacrifices for the team||Watches out for number one|
|Promotes personal growth||Rests in satisfaction|
|Experiments carefully||Fears the possibility of
|Focuses on Christlikeness||Fosters a love of self|
|Involved and Visible
Volunteers work more effectively for leaders they know and
Use this no-fail checklist to demonstrate your involvement and
• Know your volunteers by name; know their families.
• Know your team members’ personal needs and concerns; pray for
• Set the example; lead by doing.
• Praise often and in person.
• Communicate vision and change in person.
• Make eye contact when communicating.
• Unify your team members; mediate peace among them.
• Move among volunteers and encourage them regularly.
• Listen to your team members’ concerns and suggestions.
• Share personal knowledge and insights to make your team
• Always give credit.
• Delegate responsibility, but exercise oversight.
• Don’t delegate communications tasks you can easily do
• Always train your substitute, or possible replacement.
• Use technology (phone, email) to communicate when you’re away