The Definitive List of Volunteer Expectations

Adult Volunteers!!  We need ’em!

For any student ministry to be effective having dedicated and quality adult volunteers is essential.  They are there when a youth pastor begins at a student ministry and they are there when the youth pastor leaves.  Adult volunteers or leaders are the backbone of any successful youth ministry. Here’s almost everything you need to know about their roles and expectations…

6 Painless Ways to Recruit This Summer

You probably need new leaders for the fall,

But recruiting may be the furthest thing from your mind right now!
Not to burst your bubble or anything… the summer is going to be over before you know it and you may be left scrambling for leaders. Last year’s leaders need to be kept on and if you hope to grow, new leaders will be vital to the health of your group!

How are you going to get new volunteers without killing yourself? Here’s a quick list of things to try:

5 Things Your Volunteers Need From You

What do you want from me?!!

Lina yelled at  me. She had every right. I wanted her to organize all of the youth resources but I gave her no training or instructions. No wonder she was fed up. Getting yelled at by someone who had been so eager to help, made me learn that I needed to change. Here’s a list of 5 things I learned that my leaders need from me.

3 Ways to Build a Great Volunteer Team

What I saw this weekend was incredible! 

I spoke at a youth ministry this past weekend.   This particular group has been without a youth pastor for 5 months.  Yet when I was there the group was not just surviving, I would say they were thriving.

How could a group thrive with no youth pastor for so long?

Leadership!  To be more specific, the volunteer leadership was amazing.  I saw 6 or 7 different people leading the different aspects of the night.  The former youth pastor did a fantastic job of not building the youth ministry around him but around the team.

So here are 3 ways that you can build a great team.

2 Things Guaranteed to Tick Off Your Volunteers

I am a volunteer.  I am no longer the Youth Pastor or the main contact person for a ministry in our church.  I volunteer.  This past year I co-led a grade 8 guys small group with one of my former youth.  It was a very rewarding experience.  I also led a young families small group in our church.

I love volunteering but I have learned a lot about what ticks off volunteers.  In the past I functioned as and thought as a youth pastor.  Now I am very aware of what youth pastors do that ticks off us volunteers.