It's easy for Youth & Student Pastors to forget that their young volunteer leaders - just like the students - are still searching for their own acceptance and guidance as well. They may know that they love students and want to lead, but they still desperately need direction and help. They need leaders they can watch and emulate. They need leaders who intentionally spend time investing in their volunteers.
Here at Vanderbloemen Search Group, our team is constantly thankful to be able to work with amazing churches to help them find key staff. As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reflecting on the specific things that bring us the most gratitude, and we encourage your church staff to do the same.
Here is what our team is giving thanks for this month:
The challenges of leading volunteer teams are many and varied. Building your volunteer base with people who are energized by and aligned with your church’s mission – and retaining those volunteers – can take all the hours in your week if not done intentionally and strategically.
Children’s Pastors are charged with one of the most difficult duties in the church: helping to raise up the next generation of Kingdom-builders. It is no small task to instill the truth of the gospel in children at a young age and to do it in a fun and engaging way that catches children’s attention while simultaneously building a team of volunteers and staff – and all on a very low budget!
By definition, a crisis is labeled as a period of great difficulty in which actions must be taken for the good of the community affected. If your church body and/or staff happen to be the “affected community,” these actionsimmediately become much more crucial.
Has your church found itself on Twitter yet? If so, congratulations! If not, please take this as a subtle hint that it might be time to get started. I promise it’s not as daunting as it seems, and social media can be a useful tool to boost your church’s attendance and communication.