- Empathize: Reggie Joiner’s take on empathy, “Empathy is the ability to press pause on your thoughts and feelings long enough to explore someone else’s thoughts and feelings.” As ministry leaders our interactions with volunteers often devolve into transactional exchanges. When a volunteer doesn’t follow through our focus is often on the task and not the person. When leaders empathize, we dig deeper and humanize.
- Liberate: Sometimes a volunteer is in the wrong position, wrong ministry or sometimes the timing is wrong. We must be open handed with people. Leading well requires us to take the individuals best interest to heart. Sometimes that requires us to liberate people to volunteer and lead in another time and place.
- Release: As leaders we can sell out to a small and uncompelling vision by failing to release people to be a part. “If you don’t have enough money and you don’t have enough volunteers that means your vision is outpacing your resources and that is a really good thing”, Jeff Henderson. We must be willing to invite people, not just the select few, to a compelling vision.
- Take it Personally: As leaders we must take the mission personally without taking offense. It can be a difficult balance when we want inspire people to take it as personally as we do. Yet, it’s a balance we must strike otherwise we will burnout and the mission will suffer.
To catch up on the earlier articles that explore small groups through the book The Other Half of Church by Jim Wilder and Michel Hendricks, click