By necessity, ministry – children’s & family, in particular – requires us to lead in perhaps the hardest leadership arena possible: the volunteer arena. However, whether volunteer or paid staff, leaders are leaders, and we need to focus our attention on them in order to accomplish our grand vision.
Easier said than done! But here’s a framework I have found successful for leading leaders:
1. Engage them.
Keys to engaging leaders include:
- Simply building relationships for the sake of relationships. Get to know them and love them as individuals first.
- Find out what makes them tick – what excites them? what are their skills & experiences? what are they passionate about? what makes them angry & what makes them cry?
- Begin to align their passions with the vision you are pursuing.
2. Equip them.
Too often we think of equipping as happening after they’ve committed to serving. Not so! Equipping begins with casting our grand vision for ministry and helping them see how their gifts, experience & passions align with that vision.
- Link what makes them tick with how it can help accomplish he vision.
- Be specific in calling them to a commitment…