Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Ants. Everywhere. I looked around the classroom and could feel the sting of tears forming. It was going to be a hectic morning. I had known for weeks today would be challenging and had done everything in my power to set up my teams for success. It was a long holiday weekend, which meant many volunteers were at the beach or in the mountains with their families. (But we were covered; I had called in reinforcements in the form of staff spouses.) Our church building, which was often rented out by... Read More
How to Work With Difficult People

How to Work With Difficult People

There are a lot of things about being a leader that I love. I love getting to experience people’s stories. I love coming alongside of people and helping them grow. If I’m real honest, I love being able to walk through the “Authorized Personnel Only” door. I even love the long days and late nights. However, being a leader isn’t all potlucks, door access, and being in charge. There are a lot of things I hate. For example, I hate paperwork, I hate paperwork, and did... Read More
The Value of Debriefing Your Team

The Value of Debriefing Your Team

Anything worth doing, is worth reviewing, so we can see how to do it better. From worship services, to events, to camps and retreats, we have a responsibility to continue to improve and give God and our families the best experience possible. One of the ways to continually improve is to celebrate the wins and evaluate and plan for things that need improvement. Debrief meetings—designed to celebrate the contributions of your team, evaluate the furtherance of vision, and examine the logistics—are... Read More
Effective Leaders Replace Themselves

Effective Leaders Replace Themselves

Last month there was a Sunday where two of our staff directors in children’s ministry were both gone on the same day. Now, if you lead in children’s ministry, you know that being away on a Sunday can be a challenge depending on how well your teams are staffed and prepared. That Sunday in particular could have presented a real challenge with both leaders being gone. You know what happened? Nothing. It went off without a hitch. Most people wouldn’t even know our staff directors were gone. Now,... Read More
Establishing a Culture of Communication

Establishing a Culture of Communication

You probably wouldn’t disagree with the popular phrase, “Communication is key.” But how well are you actually acting on it? If your staff, volunteers or boss were asked to grade you, how would you fare? Communication can mean the difference between support, cooperation and cohesion—and not. It can unite teams or divide them. And understanding not only the power of communication, but being able to honestly evaluate your current situation, can make your team stronger and more effective.... Read More