The Biggest & Simplest Factor in Caring for Families & Volunteers in Your Church

Most of us are pastors because we care.

We care about kids.

We care about parents.

We care about people.

We care about making a difference.

We care about whether kids, and parents, and people go to Heaven or Hell.

We care.

But sometimes just caring isn’t enough.

There’s lots of people and only one of us.

Besides families and volunteers are too busy running from one thing to the next to even notice that we care.

And then we only have 1-2 hours/week to let them know how much we care.

These are definite and real challenges to letting families and volunteers know we care.

And there’s no silver bullet; no one thing you can do to let everyone know (and feel), unequivocally, that we care about them.

Coming to a point where families and volunteers know you care, takes a long-term, multi-faceted approach.

All that to say, read on with a grain of salt, viewing the idea more as a powerful starting place than an end in itself.

Okay, here it is; are you ready?

The biggest factor we’ve found at our church in caring for families and volunteers is simply finding out what each family and volunteer is currently praying about and consistently asking them about it.

Because people’s biggest prayer requests are usually their biggest struggles, worries, fears, praises, etc.

It allows you to go deep without being awkward, and consistently checking back in let’s them know you care about them, specifically, and not just in general.

Okay, so now the nuts and bolts: how do you get as many families and volunteers as possible to share their prayer requests?

For families we have 3 main methods:

  1. We ask kids in Small Groups to write down their prayer requests. Small Group leaders will then follow up with  parents through text by letting parents know they’re praying for their family.
  2. If kids don’t share prayer requests in their Small Group, then Small Group leaders will directly text parents asking for prayer requests. They’ll then follow up in a week or two to see how things are going.
  3. At the beginning of every month, I send a text to every parent of pre-school and elementary age kids asking for prayer requests. Anyone who responds, I follow-up with by the end of the month.

For volunteers we have 2 main methods:

  1. In our volunteer huddle on Sundays, we ask volunteers to share prayer requests. I (or a volunteer coach) will then follow-up with each person by the end of the week.
  2. At the beginning of every month, along with texting parents, I also text all our volunteers asking for prayer requests. Anyone who responds, I follow-up with by the end of the month.

Doing this has been a huge factor in letting both families and volunteers know we care.

How do you show families and volunteers you care? Leave a comment.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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Brandon Horst

I am passionate about family, especially my amazing wife, Hannah, my daughter, Emery, and my son Tristan. I am also passionate about helping Family Ministry Leaders lead better. I love new ideas, innovation, and collaborating with other leaders to make those ideas and innovations better. I currently serve as the Next Gen Pastor at Centerpointe Church in Fairfax, VA.

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