Written by Tim Gaydos
The core of the problem this volunteer was facing was that no one had cast a vision for him. He was simply doing a duty. He viewed his volunteering as a task and not as something tied to the bigger vision of the church or of God’s mission as a whole. Yet even the smallest things like cleaning bathrooms are tied to the mission of reaching people for Jesus.
If there is no relationship between you and the members of your team, bitterness will eventually grow within the void left in the relationship’s place. Your team will begin to feel used. As leaders, we need to partner with—not use—our people. Leaders need to have real relationships with and genuinely care about their team.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 tells us, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.” Life is hard. Ministry is hard. Serving is hard. We need to be thankful for and encourage one another continually. A simple “I appreciate you” is a great way to lead through influence in this area. Many times, your team simply needs to know that you see their effort and that it doesn’t go un-appreciated.