Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

When you work in kids ministry, you know volunteers are a big part of your success. Your volunteer teams on any given weekend can singlehandedly make or break the ministry experience for families. And it never fails: At the most inopportune times, it seems like everyone calls in sick and you’re in a tough spot. It’s time to start further building your team! Time to get some students on board. Now a lot of you are probably internally groaning at this suggestion. I get it. Teenagers have the... Read More
6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

It might seem easy to blame your SGLs for your meeting failures. Have you ever heard yourself say thing like “They aren’t committed enough” or “They are too busy” or “They weren’t even paying attention!” And maybe you’re right. But maybe there’s something wrong with the way you’ve been creating your meetings. I think there are six things we can do to make a GREAT small group leader meeting. Make sure you’ve got all six ingredients, and you’re on your way to making a meeting strategy that... Read More
Difficult Conversations: Asking Leaders to Step Down

Difficult Conversations: Asking Leaders to Step Down

There are basically two mindsets you can have when it comes to volunteers. One mindset is that they are serving and helping you and you are grateful for anything they can provide. The other mindset could be described using a phrase our pastor likes to say: It’s a privilege to serve. It’s not a right. It’s not a requirement. It’s not an obligation. It’s a privilege. Now, it may not feel like a privilege, but that’s a challenge for another day. The point being, we should take the mindset that... Read More
Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

Celebrating the Value of Your Ministry’s Volunteers

My husband once volunteered for a team at a church we attended that meant he had to spend long hours at church. When big events would come up it would mean that he spent entire weekends prepping for it—weekends that took him away from his family. I remember being so angry that the leader of this team expected so much from my husband and his team but never showed up to cheer them on. While this leader was enjoying his weekend with his family, his team of unpaid volunteers were at the church... Read More
The Art of Complete Appreciation

The Art of Complete Appreciation

It’s often not the leader that makes a team great, but the team itself. When you look at a successful leader just about anywhere in the world you will most definitely see a team of supporting people not far behind them. What we do day in and day out as we build great ministries to reach people and draw them closer to Christ wouldn’t be possible without the great staff and volunteer leaders that God has entrusted us with. As leaders, we are given the great honor of providing vision, direction... Read More
This Winter’s BEST Volunteer Conference!

This Winter’s BEST Volunteer Conference!

It’s Time! It’s Time! Do you guys know that we have a winter volunteer conference? Yep, it’s for real. It’s called Live to Serve, and it launches this month. Surprised? Let me explain for a second. If you and I have spent any time together, you already know that I am passionate about volunteers—your volunteers. I want each one of them to be convinced that their role is significant and their mission compelling enough to give their very best effort. I want them to know that they have so much to... Read More