Training Volunteers: Part 3 of 3 – Listen to how your leaders talk
Training Volunteers: Part 3 of 3 – Listen to how your leaders talkIf you didn’t read part 1 or 2 you can check them out here:Training Volunteers part 1Training Volunteers part 2

This will be a short tip for your training but hopefully will be very valuable. One of the guys on staff at my church brought a great tip to me and I wanted to share it with you. As we look to train our leaders to be thinking from a team approach we need to watch for how our leaders use pronouns. What I mean by that is this: Have you ever heard people discuss their favorite team or sport? It is funny to hear people talk about their team and how they use words like, “We really beat the other team today,” or “We need to pick up this player” or “WE need to…”  Or, when the team is doing something wrong and they are jumping off the bandwagon you hear them saying, “They better stop making so many bad decisions,” or “they need to win a game or they will not make the playoffs.” You see the pronoun usage shift from a “WE” mentality to a “They.”

If you start seeing your volunteers or leaders referring to decisions made to a they or a you instead of we when they are talking to other people you can put the brakes on and realize that they are beginning to jump off the team bandwagon. It is time to re-cast vision, re-ignite the goals, and re-establish the purpose of why your doing what your doing. So by listening to how your leaders talk about your church or ministry you will see how unified they are with a team approach.

Ephesians 4:29-32, 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Please follow and like us:
Kevin Deming

Kevin has been in ministry for 20+ years working in churches of under 200 to over 2500 in attendance. He understands small churches needs as well as the needs of churches that are growing and needing a larger staff.

Leave a reply

Your email addres will not be published.
Required fields are marked with