Volunteer Leadership Tip #4: Equip Your Volunteers


I taught my son how to drive a stick-shift last night. It was frustrating when I sat on my side of the car and told him how. Once I said, "let me show you," I realized I'd been teaching him wrong. Actually driving the car reminded me of how to do it. Within seconds after we traded spots, he got it!

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So the lesson learned? We can't equip others to do what we're not equipped to do. So even before we equip our volunteers, we need to get in touch with what's current, what works and doesn't, and how to do things ourselves…then pass that on.

I can't encourage you enough to keep learning…and then help your volunteers keep learning. Training meetings impossible to get volunteers to? Then reinvent your training with posts on facebook, tweets, quick emails or links sent, or send them to a site to watch a quick video.

So many volunteers quit their positions because they feel ineffective. But yours can feel equipped and sense the blessing from God of "well done, good and faithful servant" when you help them enjoy the ride!

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About Author

Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 26 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as Group’s Children’s Ministry Champion. She’s responsible for development and innovation of new resources.

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