As a parent there were a number of things I refused to compromise on; and one of those was family dinners. I insisted we sit at the table and actually talk with one another every night over a meal. This simple habit was my way of helping my kids (and us) bond in meaningful ways. Today our family meals are still a treasured part of our lives. Most of my memories revolve around a celebration dinner or a special meal. I’m sure many of you feel exactly the same way.
Have you ever thought of applying this same principle to your volunteer team? If eating and drinking together creates special family times, certainly this would be true in the church as well! Consider these five necessities of effective teams and see if you agree:
Gallup Survey says that 77% of highly satisfied church members have eaten a meal with people in their church in the last year. Are there opportunities for your volunteers to eat together currently? If not, how can you create these opportunities?
Think about the water cooler at work or the local coffee shop. People often join together over drinks to shoot the breeze, share their hearts, or just enjoy one another’s company. How can you capitalize on this powerful human habit to build your volunteer team?
Gallup Survey: 80% indicated that fellowship and fun helped them develop friendships in their church. The old church softball game is a powerful tool to bring people closer together. It can build camaraderie and foster deeper connections. Consider introducing opportunities for your volunteers to play together and see what happens…
While this may feel strange at first, if prayer has not been an integral part of your volunteer settings, there are non-threatening ways to bring people together in prayer. It just takes a little planning and sensitivity.
Gallup Survey: 74% indicated that “volunteering and serving together” helped them develop friendships.
This is a great point when inviting people to serve! Most people are looking for a way to meet new people and make new friends inside the church. Volunteering is the perfect solution.
These may not be the most sophisticated team building activities you’ve ever heard of. But they may be some of the most powerful. Acts 2:42 tells us the disciples devoted themselves “to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer.” Throughout Jesus’ life he utilized these same principles to develop a dynamic ministry team that changed the world!
Statistics taken from joint-venture with Group Publishing and GALLUP called Creating a Culture of Connectivity in Your Church.
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