As I arrived I was blessed by how excited and welcoming the members of TBC were. What has become apparent as time has gone on, is that there is a real need for encouragement and support in the youth volunteer leaders. They’re tired – they’ve done this for two years with no full-time worker, they’ve got high pressured jobs and family situations that mean life is hard work; they’re excited by the vision, but not sure if we’ll make it because they’re not sure exactly where they’re going.
All of that means one of my big priorities since I’ve arrived has been to try and encourage the team, both in the sense that we are and will be moving forward. But also in the sense of personal encouragement – verbalising encouragement, but most importantly in writing encouraging notes. I started it off at camp by writing one or two postcards to every one on camp – be it young person, leader, children of leaders – saying thank you. Since summer camp I’ve been writing a few notes a week, my new target for next year, is 6 a week.
If you want to write a thank you card they don’t have to be anything special, we get most of our cards for young people for free from the stands at the cinema; for leaders we buy cheap note-cards. It’s the message that counts – I always make sure it is specific praise – not just thank you, but thank you for … .
Go on try it, find a way to encourage your team.