How to Create a Core Volunteer Team

SundayU Magazine | 3/13/2019 | Carl Barnhill
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In order to see growth in your ministry, you have to raise up leaders. The days of you being flying solo have to be long gone. You must work yourself out of as many jobs as you possibly can.

One major step in doing this is developing a core group of volunteer leaders that are responsible for bit-sized pieces of your ministry.

Newspring - Core - Group - Leaders - Teams

At Newspring, we formed a core group of 10 leaders that led teams that had ownership and responsibility in regard to new volunteers, the execution of a Sunday and building our volunteer culture. One of these leaders, as a joke, even gave this core team the nickname the “G10”, after the “G8” world leader summits. The name stuck and we even made a “G10” logo and had T-Shirts made.

So where do you start?

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Here is a 9-step strategy for creating a dynamic Core Volunteer Team:

1. Create a Team Org Chart first.

Structure - Team - Names - Ministry - Structure

You want to establish the structure of your team before you have names attached. This allows for you to build your ministry around a solid structure and not around people (that could move or leave your ministry unexpectedly).

2. Create Job Descriptions for each Team Leader.

Expectations - Goals - Leadership - Position - Hour

Have clear expectations and goals for each leadership position. Don’t make it seem like a 40 hour per week job, but do give clear direction as to the vision behind this role. It doesn’t even have to be long. The simpler and more practical you can make these, the better. Also, leave a lot to their freedom and creativity. For example, for an Events Team Leader my only major expectations was to have one small monthly event and one large quarterly event. That was about it. It didn’t really matter to me what we did or when, I just wanted to see people on our team hang...
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