5 Low(er) Risk Ways to Release New Volunteer Leaders in Your Church This Weekend
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.” – Luke 16:10
Finding and releasing volunteer leaders is an essential part of every church leaders role. We all need to constantly find ways to check out new leaders who can take a piece of the ministry and run with it but what can we get potential leaders to do that won’t jeopardize the ministry to our guests? I think church leaders can often feel paralyzed because we want to give some of the ministry away but to don’t know if we can trust new leaders. Just this summer my parents’ visited a church where the pastor did everything in the service … greeted people at the front door, led the music, did announcements, the children’s message and the main message … that pastor is limiting the growth of his church because he is bottle necking everything to go through him. We all need to find ways to release other people into leadership! Here are some basic tasks you could give to a new volunteer leader to “test them out” and see if they could handle more.
- Invite Someone to Evaluate // A great way to engage someone who you might want to move into leadership is to ask them to evaluate your weekend services. If you already have a regular evaluation meeting invite them to attend. (If you don’t … start one up!) You could also start a quick weekly meeting using a free conference call service and invite some potential leaders into that. Hearing people’s feedback is a great way to build trust with them … and a path way to start handing them responsibility!
- Give Up a Team Huddle // Do your teams meet for a few minutes before each “service shift” to talk about the vision for the day and to pray together? (They should!) Find a leader in the group and ask them to lead the team huddle this weekend. This is a lower risk activity to give over because it’s an “insiders crowd” who will be supportive of the new leader. Plus it’s a great way to indicate to the rest of the group that you see this an individual as a leader among them.
- Engage a Research Partner // Invite a potential leader at your church to help you pull together some research for an upcoming message. Ask them if they would be interested in doing some research for the topic at hand and then go out for lunch to talk about it. You’ll multiply your time and get some new ideas for the message … plus they’ll feel great when you use some of their content from stage!
- Do Some Calling // Ask a potential leader if they would be able to help you call some first time guests that have attended your church in the last couple weeks. Put together a basic “outline” for the call that sets the bar for the interaction you are looking for. Meet with before they start the calls and inject some vision into the conversation. Then ask them to report back in a few days after they have done the calls with what they learned about the guests!
- Scheduling Team Members // Do you manage a roster of volunteers that serve on a volunteer team? … this is a great ongoing function to pass along to an up coming leader! Ask them to make sure that the right people end up serving every weekend for the next few months and that they report back to you if there is going to be a problem on any given weekend. Make sure to outline what you need them to do in a one page document so it’s clear the sort of interactions you want them having with the team.
I’d love to hear your ideas on some simple tasks you’ve given to potential leaders to get to see them in action! Leave your ideas in the comments!