Learning to Trust Your Children’s Ministry Volunteers
By: Tony Kummer
One key to children's ministry leadership is learning to trust your volunteers. I want to give you some practical tips to make that happen. First, I want to remind you why trusting your people matters. The following is true for Sunday School teachers, nursery workers, and even VBS directors.
What Happens When You Really Trust Your People
* They feel empowered to fully use the creativity and ministry gifts that God has given them.
* They discover the joy of serving God through the children's ministry, which is always a better than doing their time in the children's ministry.
* Self-directed people will be more inclined to volunteer (or continue serving) through the children's ministry.
* You will free yourself from the stress of micro-managing the ministry.
* You will learn to trust God to provide the people resources needed to accomplish his dream for the children in your church.
There is probably more I could say about it, but these are some basic positive outcomes.
Now, how can you make this happen? How can you promote a high trust culture in the children's ministry you are leading?
Four Practical Ways to Trust the People Serving in Your Ministry
2. Ask trusted volunteers for input.
3. Know and admit your limits.
4. Deal with letdowns right away.
For example, if a volunteer does not show up for their ministry assignment during children's church, later that afternoon, you should call them and say something to the point like this: "Hello Bob, I was just calling because you missed your ministry assignment this morning. Is everything okay?" They may have forgotten or they may have been slipping in commitment. In either case, it is important to affirm their service but also advocate for the children. You could say something like this: "Bob, I really appreciate the way you have been serving God through the children's ministry. I can see how God has gifted you to make a real difference in the lives of children. But I'm also concerned that we don't let the children down. Is there anything I can do to help you meet your commitments?"
Obviously, this situation will vary greatly depending on your relationship with the volunteer. But it is very important to deal with letdowns right away.
Tony Kummer is a children's pastor from Indiana and founder of www.Ministry-To-Children.com.