It’s summer! And although your ministry has probably simmered down a bit and you have some room to breathe, this is also the time to start looking to the year ahead and setting your ministry up for success. Which is why we are talking all about getting FIRED UP in your ministry. The first place to start? Your volunteers! They are the secret sauce and the key to success in your ministry. Here’s how to get your volunteers FIRED UP!
KNOW YOUR WHY
It is important to not only know your WHY, but to share it with your volunteers. Share your vision, goals, and plans for your ministry with them. This is especially important when you are new, making changes, or when you have new volunteers.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
“Be the thermostat, not the thermometer.” This means that instead of telling people what the temperature is, you need to set the temperature and control it! Bring the energy and excitement and others will mirror it.
BE EXCITED ABOUT THEM
Volunteer gatherings should never be an afterthought in your ministry. It doesn’t matter how good your poker face is, if you show up to a volunteer meeting unprepared, they will know. Taking time to plan your volunteer meetings shows your volunteers how important they are and how much you appreciate them. Its also vitally important to have FUN with your team! Spend time building relationships with them by hosting a game night, going bowling, or even just going out to dinner with your volunteers.
PUT THEM IN THE RIGHT POSITION
Set your volunteers up for success by finding a position that suits their personality and skill set. You don’t want to ask your most shy/quiet volunteer to emcee the huge game night. Once you find the best position for each volunteer, be sure to support them by giving them any materials they need, encouraging them, and making sure all of their questions are answered.
SHOW THEM THE IMPACT THEY HAVE
Did your pastor comment on how well the last youth night went? Have you gotten an email from a parent explaining how much their student has grown while participating in a small group? Share these things with your volunteer team! People want to know that what they are doing matters. It is also important to celebrate the wins with your team. Honor your volunteers by celebrating even small wins in your ministry. When you develop a culture of affirmation with your volunteers, it trickles down to your students and impacts your entire ministry.
PRAY, PRAY, AND PRAY SOME MORE!
This might seem obvious, but so often in the midst of juggling all the moving parts in your ministry, prayer can often fall to the wayside. Make sure you are praying with your volunteers, but also pray FOR them. It can be helpful to set a daily reminder on your phone or write it on your calendar to take a few minutes to pray for each of your volunteers by name.