I’ve always been that kid, you know, the one who asks a million questions and wants to know the exact itinerary of every moment of the day. “So what are we going to do today? And what about after that? And after that?” Yeah, I know. It can get really annoying. But there’s just something about knowing that puts me at ease.
As a volunteer in student ministry and a parent of a middle schooler, I don’t think I’m alone. Your volunteers want to know what’s going on so they are prepared. Your parents just want to know what’s going on since you’re investing in their children. You don’t have to pick the topics I want to talk about, or even talk about them in the way I would, but just let me know what you’re talking about. And if you’re planning an event, or retreat, or anything, please let me know far enough in advance– it helps as both a volunteer and a parent. Trust me on that one.
Are there any ways that used to be effective with volunteers and parents, but aren’t anymore? If you had a piece of advice for a new ministry leader about what not to do when communicating with your partners in ministry– what would you say?