So every once in a while I am asked how I lead my staff and volunteers in youth ministry. Before you know that, you need to know this: I love sports. I think I always have. So naturally I think of leadership in the terms of coaching a basketball team or a baseball team. There are certain ones on my team who are assistant coaches, and others who are players. I view my paid staff and interns as the assistant coaches and my volunteers as the players. So, naturally, as their coach, I need to coach them differently in order to be successful and win. A few years back I put together some guidelines for how I can coach my staff and volunteers better… and this has been the thing I go back to often to #1) check if I am doing a good job coaching them & #2) gauge my success as a leader. Here are those guidelines:
1. How can I COACH my STAFF better?
- EQUIP them to lead their individual teams
- MEET with them monthly for intentional leadership
- CHECK IN with them weekly for updates & problem solving
- MEET weekly for staff meetings to address concerns & cast vision
2. How can I COACH my VOLUNTEERS better?
- Give CONSTANT and CONCISE vision to my team
- INSPIRE the team to lead students toward Jesus
- Use CONSISTENT language when I lead
- PRAISE wins publicly, CHALLENGE mediocrity, & COACH through failures.
These are some of the reminders I give to myself to coach my team effectively. What do you use?