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Volunteers beyond the basics
Make sure your volunteers are comfortable at one position, before you progress to start training them in another area.

Getting Volunteers Beyond the Basics: Four Basic Principles

Help people grow deeper and serve God to their fullest ability. If the people have a creative passion, make sure you are helping to foster that and giving them opportunities to be creative.

Taking your team beyond the basics and further in your ministry should be a goal of all tech team leaders.

Have a clear progression on your team and work people into each role slowly.

Not only will having your team go beyond the basics free you up for other tasks, it can help your team members grow deeper in their spiritual walk as well. If your people aren’t moving forward in both their walk in Christ and their technical skills, here are four ways you can help them get beyond the basics and move forward.

Talk with Them

Get to know your team members on a personal level. Find out what their goals are for growing deeper in their walk with God. Sometimes this may mean you need to start helping them devise a plan to not serve in your particular ministry anymore, to move on to work elsewhere.

This may sound counterintuitive, but our goal isn’t to make great church techs.

It’s to help people grow deeper and serve God to their fullest ability. If the people have a creative passion, make sure you are helping to foster that and giving them opportunities to be creative. Give them a framework to work in, and then let them show you what they can do.

Having A Plan

Have a clear progression on your team and work people into each role slowly. One thing could be starting people with lyrics, moving on to camera, to video switcher and to lighting.

Make sure your volunteers are comfortable at one position, before you progress to start training them in another area. Keep in mind that it may take some people longer than others to get familiar with a particular role, so don’t force your volunteers to learn within a specific timeframe or over a specific number of services.

Also, be sure to put people back on roles they have already trained, from time to time, so they keep those skills fresh. Not only will this broaden people’s skills, but it will be easier to schedule people or have people fill in last minute, when someone is sick.

Training

Nothing replaces hands-on training, for growing your team. Scheduling time for this is probably the most difficult aspect, but take time to train your volunteers on a regular basis. Do it in a group of two or three volunteers. This means more of your time, but it will allow your team members to get some more individualized attention and you can focus on more specific details rather than broader topics.

Another important part of training is understanding how the people on your team best learn. If you have a step-by-step manual, it may be helpful for some people to have that in hand, while you explain each thing in detail. For others, though, it may mean setting up a simulated service and walking through and letting them actually perform the job, as if it were a Sunday morning, for the most effective way for them to learn.

Knowing how your team operates, will help you tailor the training more appropriately.

Prayer

Prayerfully consider each person on your team. Pray that you can lead them not only technically but spiritually.

Pray that as they serve, God will touch them and move them to want to serve Him more. Again, keep in mind that while we are leading a tech ministry, God calls us make disciples.

As your team shifts and grows, make sure you take the time to grow yourself. Your team will not grow beyond its leader.

If you’re not studying and learning new things yourself, you can’t expect your team to grow.

Books, online courses, and conferences like the WFX Conference & Expo can help you develop your skills not only as a church tech, but as a leader and communicator. Investing time in yourself and your team will bring glory to God through the ministry you serve in.

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