How Your Volunteers can Prep, Grow, and Build Relationships…In Service
At the church I serve at, our volunteers are awesome and they generously give their time and love.
But they’re also hyper busy and have too much on their plates.
This means that getting them to prep for Sunday and invest in growing themselves as kids’ leaders is difficult.
And just like their week’s Sunday mornings are hyper-busy
So we realized that while our volunteers serve together every Sunday, there isn’t space for them to get to know each on a personal level and build relationships.
We also realized that so much happening between multiple services (late checkouts, early check-ins, kids running everywhere, supervision needed in the free-time area, etc) that we couldn’t get everyone together for any significant and meaningful group time.
So we began to think about how we could give our volunteers prep time, help them grow, and create space for relationship building without adding to their plates during the week or meeting before/between services.
After talking through it for a couple weeks, we decided that it was impossible… at least for every volunteer, but we could do it for some, for those who invest the most relationally in the kids, Small Group leaders.
We noticed that during the Large Group story time (usually 10-15 minutes), our small group leaders weren’t actively doing anything, so why not have them meet during that time?
So the next Sunday, we told our Small Groups leaders and their assistants to go to their small group room during the story time and do 3 things: Get Ready, Grow, and Hangout.
We asked Small Group leaders to start by going over their small group schedule to:
make sure they understand everything.
work as a team to decide who is going to do which part of the schedule.
and pray over the kids.
We give every leader an article each week to help them grow.
It’s short (~200 words) and has 1 simple idea or thought.
During this time, the small group leaders read it and talk it over.
Normally there’s a couple minutes left before kids are dismissed for the leaders to simply hangout and get to know each other better.
A couple months in and we’ve noticed a huge positive difference in our volunteer culture as well as the quality of small groups.
Kids in Small Groups are engaging more as our leaders prep more.
Every week our leaders are growing as kid’s leaders.
And volunteers are building relationships.
What’s been effective for you at getting volunteers to prep, grow, and build relationships? Leave a comment.
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