If you’ve been around Group much at all, you’ve probably heard of our R.E.A.L. philosophy. If not, this is Group’s approach to learning that colors everything we do. I was reflecting on the REAL style and thinking about how it applies to other areas of life outside of speaking and teaching.
For example, you can take a R.E.A.L. approach with your volunteers; whether in training, establishing culture, and as you disciple your team. By now you may be asking what R.E.A.L. is…so let’s take a quick minute to talk about that!
The R in R.E.A.L. stands for Relational. As a volunteer leader, this means you are taking time to build relationships with your team and helping them develop relationships with one another. Being relational also means you understand that people learn and grow best in the context of relationships. Attempting to train, develop, or disciple others without first creating some sort of working relationship is an empty pursuit. People will respond to your input and influence when they know you are invested in them. You invest in them by putting time and energy into your relationships with them.
The E in R.E.A.L. is for Experiential. Everything about serving is experiential! As a leader, you are giving people opportunities to experience first-hand what it means to serve and help others, use their gifts, and impact lives. These experiences will help them grow in their gifts and in their faith. As a leader, encourage people to step out, try new areas of ministry, and even make mistakes. Allow for plenty of time for reflection and what we call, “debriefing” which will enhance the learning process.
These are just the first two steps in getting R.E.A.L. with your volunteers. Check back tomorrow for the next two…
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