You’ve worked for a full year building the amazing team of volunteers in your ministry. Everyone is screened and interviewed and things are rolling along. Then, someone drops out. Someone asks for a leave of absence. One of them burns out. Suddenly your team is more like a te (okay, bad joke….it was Kurt’s). What happened?
There are a ton of reasons—and honestly many of them aren’t even your fault. But in our experience there are some pretty easy ways to lose a team in just a short period of time. Here are a few we’ve been guilty of before.
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Waste their time.
Time is our most important asset, and if you waste someone’s time you’re wasting their life! Great volunteers quickly realize where they’re being squandered and head into other areas where the organization treats their time with respect. Start meetings on time. Run good meetings. Or quit having so many stinking meetings!
Don’t give them an assignment.
If you want volunteers to just show up and “mingle” at your youth program, they probably won’t last long. Chances are their wandering around the youth room will turn into wandering out the door! Give them something to do—even some discussion starter questions or a particular “zone” to manage will help give direction and increase ownership.