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Making Sure Your Volunteer Training Hits The Mark

In light of the last post about recruiting volunteers, your time with your volunteers doesn't end there. It is just as important to involve your volunteers with ongoing training. Training not only helps with your volunteer's overall enjoyment and performance in what God's called them to do, but it also helps in retention. Remember, it takes less energy to continually equip your volunteers than it takes trying to recruit new ones. So as you train your volunteers, how can you make sure your training hits the mark?

Here is an excerpt from Group Volunteers-Tuesday's Tip to answer that question:

1. Make sure your volunteers know your ministry's overall mission. Never assume your leaders know your goals if you haven't told them (or told them recently) what they are. People who don't know how they fit into the big picture quickly lose their enthusiasm. Also, always tie your training in to a specific ministry goal.

2. Leave time at the end of each training session to make sure they understand what you taught. Encourage, prod, and beg them to ask questions about what they're learning. Never end a training time without asking them to repeat, somehow, what they've learned. Group activities can help reinforce spoken teaching.

3. Tell your volunteers where they can get more information on a training topic. Refer your leaders to printed and video resources that can give more in-depth information on a particular topic. Church Volunteer Central members can point their people to thousands of free resources on our site, including online training.

4. Don't assume your volunteers "got it" the first time. Don't be afraid to hit a crucial training topic more than once. For example, if you train your adult leaders on building relationships with teenagers, hit the same topic at your next meeting with a lab experience. Invite youth group members to the meeting and have your leaders use them as guinea pigs to try out their new skills.

5. Give volunteers a booklet of important training tips. It's important for your adult leaders to have an ongoing reminder of what they learn in training meetings.

Adapted from Group magazine, the world's most-read youth ministry resource. See for more information.

This post is from Group Volunteers: Tuesday's Tip. These tips can go directly into your inbox, and you can click here to go to their site to receive them.


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