Commit to challenging the kids and families in your ministry to think about things in a brand new way.
This weekend, commit to asking the tough questions. Commit to going deeper with each of your volunteers. Commit to challenging the kids and families in your ministry to think about things in a brand new way.
Demonstrate the fact that you are a servant leader. You deeply care about each of your volunteers and families and are willing to do so by the way you've asked the tough questions.
A: Abilities. "Are your actions Christ like wherever you are?" Challenge your leaders to know that character matters. People everywhere are watching. Challenge them to think about how they live at home, work, and church. Ask the question, "how did you demonstrate Jesus this week?" in one of your staff prayer times before service. Or place a note card on the table in the room where the leader will be serving, just to get them thinking.
S: Spiritual Condition: Ask leaders "how's your relationship with the Lord?" Ask kids the same. Warning: you must have earned the right to ask the question by the way you've led over time as a leader. This is a deeply personal question but one that bears asking. Showing your volunteers and the kids in your ministry that you care about their personal spiritual walk goes a long way. You're not there as a leader just to have that person fill a hole but to allow that person to be gratified through the ministry they're performing.
K: Key: Ask leaders how they're doing at leading at home...the key area of influence. Do they need resourcing? Encouragement? Prayer? We've got to remember that leaders are leaders at home first. If we're really teaching families to serve at home, we've got to be sure that our leaders are demonstrating this in their own personal family life.
How about you? Do you A.S.K. the tough questions? What questions do you regularly ask your volunteers?