Volunteer leaders in church are dealing with life’s stresses all week long. We only share a small portion of their week and we have to make the most of those moments to make a lasting impact on their lives.
So how can we be more effective with time we spend together? How can we equip and mobilize volunteer leaders to be more effective the rest of the week?
Here are three skills that you should be developing in your leaders to become more effective in ministry. These skills help remove communication barriers and make it possible to have brief but meaningful spiritual conversations with people.
- IMPACT OTHERS WITH YOUR JOY
Your facial expression really matters. As you see someone and make eye contact with them, have a joyful expression on your face. Let people know that you’re happy to see them. One simple way of doing this is imagining yourself saying, “There you are!” with your expression.
Whether you know the person or not, having a joyful expression on your face immediately sets the tone for a great conversation. This will allow people to be comfortable and confident and unguarded when asking questions they might have about church.
- IMPRESS OTHERS WITH YOUR FOCUS
Taking an interest and staying engaged in a conversation tells a person how important they are to you. If you are distracted or seem disinterested, your conversation will go nowhere.
Use the person’s name as you talk with them. Dale Carnegie once wrote: “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest, most important sound in any language.”
Listen with spiritual ears. Listen to what they are saying — and not saying. This will help you understand how to to guide someone to their next step in spiritual growth.
- INSPIRE OTHERS WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE
Sharing your experiences will influence whether or not someone will take their next spiritual step. Showing enthusiasm for what is happening in church will attract and interest people in taking action.
Being enthusiastic about something you’re a part of is the opposite of being pushy or desperate. People want to be invited into something bigger than themselves, not pushed into a needy situation.
Sharing your experience from being in a life group or when you were baptized will open the door for someone to be more comfortable in taking that step as well.
Your Words + Your Actions = Inspiration for Others
Our Lead Pastors, Todd and Julie Mullins, have done a great job of modeling several leadership values for us as staff. One of those values is that we are stewards and servants first. Our position comes second to being stewards of people. Our goal is that people continue to take their next step in spiritual growth. So, it’s not what we want from them, it’s what we want for them. We want people to grow roots in church and thrive in the way that God has designed.