Recently I asked Laura Brink, Children’s Ministry Director at Cascade Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, what she has done to encourage and equip her volunteers. Her church offers Sunday school, children and worship, and midweek programs, so there are teachers, leaders, and helpers who minister to the same age group of kids at different times throughout the week.
She described a successful event in which she brought all of the leaders from various ministries together to share ideas. She designated the tables by age level and encouraged everyone to talk about a certain topic that related to all, like prayer or discipline. Leaders had the chance to swap ideas, share success stories, and brainstorm new solutions. It was a great way to build connections between ministries and generate momentum moving going forward!
What have you done to equip and encourage volunteers?