Christine Yount-Jones: 5 Volunteer Leadership Tips

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!

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Christine Yount Jones
Christine Yount Jones is Content Director for Outreach Media Group. She has published several books and hundreds of articles about ministry in the last three decades. Before his death in 2003, Michael Yount and Christine had three children. Now, she and her husband, Ray Jones, together have five grown kids.

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