I loved this post by Matt Lawson.  It gives some very practical insights and actions steps to keep experienced volunteers growing, check out this sample:

2.      KEEP GROWING

Key: Seek after God in your own life
When discouragement and conflict comes, if you are growing you are ready to respond.

  • Read – personal – I must read 12 books a year to keep my job
  • Pray – for your students by name
  • Reflect –
  • Listen – to others. CYFM. Biggest ministry in the room. We never spoke out. We just listened.
  • Write – I keep a blog. Keep a journal.

5.      TAKE MORE RISKS

Key: The older you get, the greater chance the passion can die. Fuel it, don’t douse it.

  • What are you willing to risk to be more than normal
  • I’m challenged by leaders who get out of their chair and do something
  • Adam Biesecker – Hobo5050 and his book

6.      INVEST YOURSELF INTO ONE YOUNGER LEADER EACH YEAR
Key: The next generation depends on successful baton passing

  • “We live in what may be one of the first generations in Western Civilization that is not intentionally preparing to pass its values to the next generation.” – Dr. Jeff Myers
  • Do something each month to encourage, inspire, motivate, or equip
  • Research shows that in every area of life, we are failing to pass the baton, from business (40% of senior management in Forbes 500 will retire by 2010 and half do not have a strategic plan to replace), politics, religion
  • The next generation coming behind spends way more time consuming than producing. The self absorption will create a leadership vacuum.

8.      OLD DOESN’T MEAN OUT

Key: Don’t leave just because you are old. Students really do like old people

  • Have you ever heard students talk about them.  “ahhhh. I want to be like…”
  • There’s gold in your wisdom
  • Vern, Horace Higginbotham, Mrs. Hamrick

10.    DON’T FORGET YOUR STUDENTS THAT HAVE GRADUATED

Key: Your accountability may keep them in church

  • 70% are leaving the church. One of the characteristics of those who stay are that they have caring mentors
  • Your connection may be the last connection they have to the church
  • Ask tough questions
Chris
cskidd1983@gmail.com
Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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