Groups work best when youth staff, parents, and volunteers join forces. Here are several ideas to keep in mind as you build a team:
• Six verses in Ephesians — Read Ephesians 4:11-16. It says a group grows when many members invest. Pray this passage to God. (I like to read it aloud and point to it like Hezekiah did in Isaiah 37:14-17.) Ask God to send enough partners to nurture solid growth in your students.
• Bite-sized Commitments — Some of the investments we ask volunteers to make seem endless, like a “forever trap.” Use one-time events and short-stint involvements to help people explore their gifting and grow into the vision.
• Clear Assignments — I move too fast. This leaves my volunteers unclear on what I asked them to do. Either force yourself to get specific, or partner with an administrative person who will produce clear job descriptions.
• Recruit Parents with Parents — When I was a young youth pastor, I sometimes felt threatened by parents. Their age and experience fed my insecurity and made me uncomfortable asking for help. That’s when I discovered the power of parent advocates. Those who owned the vision and would happily bring other parents into it. (Note: this assumes a vision. Important.)
More tomorrow. Also, check out chapters 9 and 10 of YOUthwork.