One of the most important parts of leading any volunteer team is making sure you are taking care of your team. It’s SO easy to gather the group, send them out, then move on to the next thing. After all, they have your vision and zeal don’t they? They can just continue to press forward, right?
Unfortunately, that is not true. To maintain a healthy volunteer work environment, you have to be able to constantly improve, change, question and reevaluate how you are managing your team.
1. Are you caring for you volunteers?
People who feel under appreciated don’t give 110%. Why would they?? At the same token though, overly complimenting everything and everybody degrades the meaning of complements. If everyone is special, no one is special. Find a happy medium. Take time, notice, and applaud good work. Keep an ear towards your team to address any problems.
2. Are you providing the right training?
Things are changing at a breakneck pace, you need to change your training sources with them. You also need to remember that different people learn differently. Take an informal poll and see what your team says – do they feel like they are receiving adequate training or do they feel that different areas are lacking? Often times you will find that there are holes in your training plan that you didn’t anticipate.
3. Is your team energized by the overall church vision?
This is especially crucial to maintaining team morale, and ties in to the casting of your vision as well. If people don’t feel like they are making a difference or if they are confused as to why they are ‘wasting’ a service running a camera, they won’t be on their ‘A’ game and are probably moving towards quitting. People need to have a clear vision and framework that they can see themselves in and work under.
4. Is your team growing spiritually?
Lastly, and most importantly, is your team actually growing spiritually? Moving forward with your relationship with God will help to energize you in ways you can’t imagine. Don’t fall into the trap that says you HAVE to be running every service. Train some people up for a season and let them shoulder some of the responsibility. Make sure everyone from your team is getting to sit in a service… if not, rotate them out so they have the same opportunity everyone else has.
Volunteer teams have the ability to transform both your church and society. Make sure you are taking care of them, so they can continue to bring the good news to others!