I’m a new volunteer. You coerced me to come help out, or one of my friends convinced me, or maybe I just felt the Lord leading to work in children’s ministry. Either way, I’m new. I don’t know what I’m doing. What do I need? Here are a few things that come to mind…
Direction. Tell me what to do. Help me understand my role. Give me clear directions and show me what SUCCESS looks like in this ministry.
Inspiration. Cast a big vision for me. Remind me of the work the Lord is doing in our kids ministry. Show me evidence of the need for workers in our church. What I’m doing makes a difference, and I need YOU to remind me of that!
Encouragement and Prayer. Let me know you care. Show me that you really do pray for me. Write me a note. Say “Thanks” as often as you can. Let me know you see my efforts and appreciate having folks like me volunteering to help kids know and love Jesus. Allow me to share when things are not going well, and let me know you really are praying for those kids who are struggling in my group!
Feedback. Am I doing a good job? Tell me. Are there areas where I really need to improve? Let me know. If you’ve encouraged me and shown you care, then feedback is just what I need. Remember I’m not perfect but help me to stay on track with where you are leading our team.
A Challenge. Allow me to grow! Give me something new to tackle, especially after I’ve proven that I’m up for the task. Don’t give me Mt. Everest to climb, but a small hill leading to a small victory will help me grow in my service and leadership.
If you are a my leader, help me. Appreciate me. Encourage and pray for me. Most of all, lead me. Set an example and keep me focused on the big picture, the end goal. What else to new volunteers need? Comment and add your thoughts!
Before joining the CK Team, Meredith Teasley led a team of 100+ volunteers as a #kidmin in a local church. She writers from her own mistakes and challenges working with lots of new volunteers. Now, Meredith and her husband Nic love serving in the reverse role – volunteering with 3rd-6th graders in their Nashville church.