Over the last six months I have journeyed with a group of children and youth pastors through a mentoring/leadership coaching program called Infuse. Jim Wideman leads this group with a desire to see leaders grow in their abilities. I have learned so much from Brother Jim and this awesome group of people!
Recently on our Infuse retreat we all shared five things we do to Lead and Invest in our Team. For some of us in the Infuse group, team means 10 volunteers, for others it means 5 paid staff and 200 volunteers. What I love about the list below is that the you can lead and invest in your team no matter the size.
This is what I have learned from my Infuse group on how to lead and invest in teams. I tagged each of the people who shared their idea. Go follow them. They are great leaders!
10 Ways to Lead and Invest in Your Team
1 – Spiritual Care of your team is important. When a volunteer says, “Will you pray for me?” Stop and do it right then! (Spencer Click)
2 – Resource your team using DropBox: When coming across great articles or video resources, put them in your dropbox and share the link with your leaders. It is a digital resource cabinet to aid in developing your team. (JC Thompson)
3 – When evaluating situations or process ask these questions:
What’s right? – Then amplify it
What’s wrong? – Then fix it
What’s missing? – Then add it
What’s confusing? – Then make it clear (Jim Wickenkamp)
4 – When meeting with you teams try to give them 3 things:
Something for their heads – This can be leadership principles or teaching a new skill
Something for their hearts – This can be encouragement, refocusing on Jesus, something to uplift their hearts.
Something for their hands – Give them a tool to use, some type of resource that will help them in their position. (Lisa Walker)
5 – Praise them publicly for a job well done on their Facebook or Twitter account! Who doesn’t enjoy getting a little social media love? (Helen Fuller)
6 – Bless your volunteers more by blessing their kids. Show up at games, treat them to ice cream, genuinely show care for the kids of your team. (Helen Fuller)
7 – Get your team before your Pastor. We are all here to serve our Pastor. Find a time for them to spend time together. (Adrienne Blauvelt)
8 – Shift our language from Volunteer to Ministry Partner. We truly are co-laboring together. (Greg Ferguson)
9 – Know the difference between being a bird dog or a bull dog for your team. A bird dog gets on the point and sticks with it until it is done. A bull dog holds on to what is important and won’t let go. Be decisive and focused like a bird dog and be tenacious as a bull dog for your team. (Jim Wickenkamp)
10 – Invest Money in who you believe they will be. Let’s help our team grow by believing that they can too grow. (Joshua Simpson)
Which one of these do you like? Do you have any to add to this list? I would love to hear how you lead and invest in your team.