Leadership | Volunteers
Kurt and Josh

This week we’re taking on the top 3 questions that we get in our ministry, and today I (Kurt) am here with mine.

Here are my Top 3 very frequently asked questions:

1. Do I Need A Sweet Youth Facility?
Let me say this as clearly as possible: NO. In almost every community there is a church that seems to have an awesome youth room/facility/center/complex/fortress, and the temptation for the rest of the youth worker nation is to think, “Gosh, if we had a facility like that we could really do some great ministry!” Great ministry has almost nothing to do with where that ministry takes place. We have a fantastic youth facility, but it isn’t a crucial part of our ministry strategy.

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2. What Roles Do Your Volunteers Play?
We have an amazing team of volunteers, and they play a wide variety of roles, but the vast majority serve on the weekend team or as small group leaders. Here are three ideas to maximize your volunteers:

1. Have clearly defined roles and needs for them to play….

2. but let them serve according to their gifts, not your needs…

3. and be an ongoing source of coaching and encouragement.

3. What Do You Do For Follow-up?
I was tempted to replace this question with one that paints us in a better light, but the truth is that it gets asked all the time. The truthful answer is that we struggle with follow up. We don’t have a clean, well-oiled follow up system. Instead, we employee the “lots of hooks in the water” approach to follow up. We have all sorts of ways we try to follow up on our students in the hopes that different approaches will work with different students. Here are a few of our methods:

- Response cards in our large group gatherings.

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- A “prayer garden” outside our youth facility.

- Asking our small group leaders to follow up on students who miss a week.

- Employing a “fast response” expectation among our team whenever a student is in crisis.

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