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A veteran children's minister shares her "most amazing tips" she's learned from leading volunteers.

I’m going to share with you the most amazing tips I’ve learned about leading volunteers through the experts in Children’s Ministry magazine.

Here’s Tip #1: Never Say “Thanks for HELPING Us.”

Words matter. And the way we say things to our team members matters even more.

It seems like such a benign thing, but when we say to the folks on our team “Thanks for helping us,” it puts them in a less-than-important role. It’s as though “us leaders” are the ones who really matter and these other people are helping “us.”

Instead, thank your team members for their contribution. Say things like “Thanks for making a difference in toddlers’ lives!” or “Thanks for making this outreach event a huge success by setting up and tearing down.” or “Thanks for putting together those gift bags to make our teachers feel valued.”

See the difference? It may feel nuanced, but when you point out the value of what people are doing, it actually makes them want to keep doing it.

Hey, thanks for reading this blog to invest in your amazing skills to lead volunteers. You rock!

(See how that works!)

Christine Yount Jones From Christine Yount Jones, Executive Editor for Children's Ministry Magazine and Children's Ministry Professional Edition. Reprinted by permission, Children’s Ministry Magazine, Copyright 2009, Group Publishing Inc., Box 481, Loveland, CO 80539.

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