Your volunteers should [in a perfect world] be the happiest people in your church.
Too many times, reality looks like this….
Here’s a real email from a church leader named Beth. She writes:
“The issue our staff has been discussing lately is how to handle people who are serving regularly in the church (most often in kid’s ministry) and asking to step out of their roles because they need a season of rest. Sometimes it is because of family issues they are dealing with that seem serious and sometimes it is more an issue of feeling overwhelmed with everyday life. We are currently experiencing an exciting time of growth and the last thing we need is less volunteers. Does anyone out there have suggestions for how to handle this issue?”
Volunteer burnout is a very real thing. Too many times, we hear from people when they are ready to “step out of the ministry for a season,” usually never stepping back in. This is bad for the ministry and the volunteer.
So what can do to prevent volunteer burnout?
#1 – Celebrate the group while appreciating the individual.
When I was pastoring, I thought I was doing a pretty good job at this. Looking back, it could have been so much better. In fact, without knowing anything else about your church, I can probably guess you’re not thanking your existing volunteers enough.
You may feel thankful, but you have to actually say it. If you don’t, people will easily think you’re taking them for granted.
From The Gospel Project, is a great little video, only three minutes, which provides a short but able summary of the Old Testament.
I like resources like this for two reasons:
First, for most lay Christians, the stuff before Jesus is a bit of a blur of names, places, and dates, with no conceivable narrative unity.
Second, some lay Christians like to jump from Genesis 3 to Romans 5 and ignore the story of Israel and even minimize the Gospels as necessary parts of the divine plan for salvation.
Videos like this, even if I might say a few things different or emphasize other stuff, serve to overcome these problems.
Have you ever wondered how some leaders are more creative and innovative than others?
As a leader coach and business consultant I have seen two kinds of leaders, I have witnessed both, and I have seen the results of both.
One leader thinks that in order to create something new, they must use their analytic mind to be creative.
The other kind of leader who want to try something new they use their intuitive mind to be innovative.
I have seen leaders say that relying on your six sense- following your gut- your intuition- is being unreliable.
But for years, I have seen how the intuitive leader, can be more of an explorer, and discover more than those who don’t utilize their intuition and I have witnessed that Intuitive people make great leaders, they have a competitive edge over other leaders, they are quicker, faster, smarter and more decisive.
Maybe people have a misunderstanding on what intuition really is…
Many people call intuition, a gut feeling, a knowing, words spoken from the heart.
But intuition is more than that…here are 4 ways our intuition really works and how it can make your leadership great again.
1. Our intuition is the accumulation of all the experiences we have. Everything that you have experienced becomes data points in your mind, every person you have met, every success you have experienced and every failure you had to go through, the learning that you were taught, the mistakes that have becomes lessons are stored. as a memory chip – to be utilized.
2. Our intuition is the amalgam of all the books we have read: We all read, some read books, other read articles, or blogs or posts or signs or posters, we read and therefore the words make an impression, they leave an imprint, and we remember, maybe not right now, but when we need it – it can be available.
I’m always amazed at how few technology-focused entrepreneurs understand the power and value of maybe the lowest tech tool of all, the calendar, which has been around for at least 5,000 years. You’d think that everyone had figured out how it works. And it’s even more depressing to learn that even fewer entrepreneurs and executives use the calendar effectively to help plan and manage their businesses. So much in the business world happens on a schedule, and yet, too many sales and marketing “experts” are either ignorant of that fact or oblivious to exactly how important timing is to successful sales. If your customers aren’t ready to listen, or if you’re pitching them at the wrong time or place, it just doesn’t matter what you’re saying or what you’ve got to sell. (See Three Keys to Becoming a Sales Wizard.)
I’m not talking about just one central calendar that’s critical to this task; I’m talking about developing a consistent “discovery and triage” process, updated quarterly throughout each year, to identify and incorporate the events, activities and opportunities found in all of the calendars that bear on your business. And doing it without fail at the beginning of every new year.
Discovery, because there are always new and relevant events (albeit way too many) beyond the recurring and basic ones. Even the old standbys get refreshed, rebranded or repositioned over time. There’s no upside in taking any of this stuff for granted or assuming that what may have worked or didn’t work in the past for your company is the case going forward. If you don’t make it someone’s business to look up and carefully track these things, they’ll be over and gone before you know it; you’ll be sucking wind while someone else is taking advantage of the opportunities that they offer. (See Do Your Customers Love You More Than Yesterday.)