Letting Volunteers Teach You

I am a firm believer that as a Youth Pastor, I need to surround myself with people who are equipped to do real ministry. It makes ministry go so much smoother and helps hit every single student as opposed to only those that I can reach. One of the unexpected outcomes I have seen in surrounding myself with these people is the wealth of knowledge that they can offer, each volunteer that comes on board is an expert at something in their lives and can bring so much to the table.

Here are four of my own volunteers that I will be seeking out this next year to help teach me something about doing better ministry:

  1. Jim: Jim is currently working on his doctorate in team management and I have loved sitting in Starbucks and simply listening to him talk about how we can better work on streamlining “the process” and improving tactics to bring out the best qualities in each member to make the whole system better. He is also a part-time professor at a local university and it is my hope that this next year, he will be willing to take over an hour of our volunteer training to teach on the “best of” in systems techniques for our group.
  2. Rob: Rob is a professor of business management at the Air Force Academy and has a wealth of knowledge on how to handle money. So when I put together my budget this next year, I will be sitting down with him to discuss how best to use our money and setting up checks and balances through out the year to manage this money.
  3. Kristin: Kristin is currently a stay-at-home mom, but she has her undergrad and masters in school counseling and someone that I want to have on board if something terrible were to happen. I am hoping to put together a “crisis plan” for staff and volunteers in our youth ministry and will be consulting with her to make sure that all of my bases are covered for the different situations that could potentially happen.
  4. David: Working in a military environment, I know very little about this third-world culture and so I will be seeking him out in how we can better impact this community this summer. With his many years serving our country, he will be able to bring unique ideas to the table.

Do you allow volunteers to bring their experience to the table? If so, how do you let them teach you?

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