Point People Power
We are making a big push in our church for volunteer ministers, in fact it's been quite exhausting but the good news is the fruit is worth the labor. I find the most difficult thing about recruiting and then maintaining ministers is finding the time and energy to recruiting and maintaining ministers. So how do I overcome this obstacle? I find point people who are:
- Dedicated to the Vision: They know the church's vision, the student ministry vision and communicate that over and over and over again to the people they shepherd. When ministers know the vision they know where they are going and will be excited about it.
- Clear in Delegating Roles: Each minister who comes in needs to learn their roles, it's not just do this and do that but it's why you do this, and what this can do for your ability to relate with students.
- Nurturers/Shepherds: They thank ministers when they create life change, they get to know ministers spouses and families and they step-in and remove obstacles (i.e. babysit, cook when someone is sick).
I can do these things as a Youth Pastor, but then it makes the whole ministry about me. If I don't send a card to Minister A but I do to Minister B, Minister A might wonder why? If I can get point people to do what I do then the ministry becomes about the church body, a culture of nurturing and shepherding people dedicated to the vision and clear in what they have to do. We see this in Jesus' ministry, He didn't spend time creating programs, coming up with ideas and having meetings, He consistently authentic in loving the people who followed and served Him.
Chris is the Youth Pastor at Church of the Nativity in Timonium, MD. Chris is an avid runner, big family man, and has served Christ in student ministry(grades 5th-12th) for over 5 years. Chris shares his joys,frustrations and challenges of ministry through his blog Marathon Youth Ministry.
Chris is married to his beautiful wife Kate and has an awesome son Matthew in Pikesville, MD.