It’s been a couple of weeks since I wrote an entry in the “What Do Your Volunteers Want from You?” series. So far, in the category of passion, we have covered:
Aside from a gross overuse of exclamation points, the purpose of this series is to let Children’s Pastors and other Children’s Ministry leaders know what it is that there volunteers want from them but may not be willing to share. Which brings us to point three under the category of Passion:
Share Your Vision With Your Volunteers
Is anyone else sick of talking about vision? Here’s the problem. It is so overused in ministry circles these days that it seems to have taken on something of cliché status. Talking about vision is what people do when they want to avoid talking about practical day-to-day issues. With that rant out of the way though, it is important to have a vision for your ministry. You need to know where God wants you to take it, and you need to have some idea how you’re going to get there. Equally important is sharing that vision with your volunteers.
Imagine having a passionate group of servants who are like minded with you about reaching kids with the gospel of Christ and teaching them about God and never sharing your vision for the children’s ministry with those people. That would be like sitting with the best financial minds in the country and never asking how you should invest your portfolio. You wouldn’t let that opportunity slip away, and you shouldn’t pass on the opportunity to talk about your vision with your volunteers either! The passion that drew volunteers into the children’s ministry in the first place drives them to want to see that ministry grow and move in a godly direction. That is the purpose of your vision. Tell them about it so that they can adopt it and make it their vision as well. Give them a clear picture of a vision that they can buy into, and you will be shocked at the lengths to which your volunteers will go to help make that vision a reality. But, if you never give them a chance and let them in on your vision, there is nothing they can do to help. Working together, and with God’s help, you and your volunteers can turn that vision into a reality. Absent truly understanding your vision, your volunteers will never know exactly what it is they should be aiming at. Have a vision casting meeting. Talk frequently about your vision. Live out your vision in front of them to a point where it is just part of the ministry. There should be no doubt in your volunteers’ heads what you believe and what you want the children’s ministry to stand for.