As with all things in leadership, intentionality is important. Intentionally creating an atmosphere where my #kidmin team thrives is super important to me.
Here are three ways that I choose to focus on this as a priority:
1. I hand sign EVERYTHING. When I'm sending a "form" letter of sorts, new schedules, etc. I always hand sign everything. I will generally choose blue ink so that it's obvious that I took the time to do so. This may seem like an unnecessary step but I think it's the little, personal things that make the difference when it comes to team management.
2. I changed our language. Instead of using the term "volunteer" as often, I use the term "team member" as much as possible. Are they one in the same? Yes. It's important to me to intentionally create an environment that says "I belong to this team" rather than, "I'm a lone volunteer."
3. I appreciate team members when I am going to be gone. A few times per year I will be gone during our mid-week ministry for a conference, etc. I choose those weeks to leave fun "thank you's" for our team. Giving them something to let them know I appreciate them on weeks when I am away really seems to make a big difference. The fact that I had to prepare it ahead of time and individually addressed each item and signed them (the trinket gift, whatever it is) makes a difference.
How about you? What little things do you do that you think make a big difference when it comes to leading your Children's Ministry Team?