Communicate Your Vision
Your volunteers need to be constantly reminded of the vision of your student ministry. Don’t expect them to be able to hear it once and stay on mission for the entire year. You must constantly communicate your goals and expectations to your team. If something is a big deal (and I assume the vision of your ministry is a big deal), then make it a big deal. As the leader, you should be the most passionate person about the vision of your church’s student ministry. Clearly communicate that to your team on a regular basis.
Communicate The Direction
Update them on what you’re learning and any small changes you’d like to make. Your team has a right to know the direction you’re heading with the youth ministry. If you keep your team informed, they will be better equipped to follow you and make the necessary adjustments without complaints.
Celebrate Success With Your Team
Take time to celebrate milestones and special moments with your team. Keep them updated on any spiritual highlights in the lives of students in your church. Celebrate new conversions and students who step out of their comfort zone. Celebrating new successes ensures an atmosphere of excitement and it keeps your team from living off past success without seeking new success.
Cheer Your Team on to Success
Schedule individual meetings with volunteers just to encourage them. Buy a volunteer lunch. Write a hand-written note thanking your volunteers for the countless hours of hard work. Cheer your team on to success.
Student Pastor at Clearview Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL