Recently I realized that if I am expecting excellence from someone … they need to have the tools to get there.
In youth ministry that isn’t always easy or sometimes possible – often we make do with ministry hand-me-downs and meet in youth rooms made from the old converted sanctuary. But when you expect excellence from your people, make sure you’ve done your best to equip them.
- Want great small group leaders? Make sure your training is thorough and complete. Include supplemental trainings via email or video when you see a gap in their preparedness.
- Want to develop some great teachers? Invite them into your prep process and allow them to be a part of the debrief and evaluation process afterward.
- Want to raise up the next youth pastor in your church? Give him/her the books and resources to read and a place to dialogue what they are learning.
- Want great videos? Make sure your volunteer has access to a great camera and a fast machine to edit on.
Too often we just expect people to be great … without ever doing the hard work of clearing the path to greatness. You can’t ask them to create the world without giving them a paintbrush. This week look for some places where you have expectations that aren’t being met and see if there is a gap in helping someone realistically get there.