Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Volunteer Training . . . Why Should I Bother?

As you think about your Fall Ministries, one area you need to plan for is Volunteer training . . . a part of children's ministry we all know we need, but one which is often so poorly attended, some may wonder if it is worth the bother. First of all, let me assure you, it is absolutely worth the "bother"! And, if you put some time and focus into your training, you will find it can actually be a fun and excellent community-building opportunity for your volunteers! 

Today I'll focus on the "whys" of having volunteer training. Even if you feel it is like "pulling teeth" to get your volunteers to attend training opportunities, make them a priority for the following reasons -
  1. Training provides the opportunity for you to connect with your volunteers
  2. Training provides an opportunity for your volunteers to connect with one another
  3. Training allows you to equip your volunteers so they will be able to be more effective in the important ministry where they are serving
  4. Training allows you to help your volunteers understand how to get the most out of the curriculum you've chosen
  5. Training allows you to help your volunteers understand the vision for your children's ministry so it becomes their vision, too!
These are just five "whys" for volunteer training . . . what would you add to my list?

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