Hands-on Help: Adults
group magazine: November-December, 2005
Leadership Chapter Reports
One of ministry’s daunting challenges is how to help your leaders—students and adults—carve enough time out of their busy schedules to read a great book or leadership training resource. Overcome this barrier with a “leadership chapter challenge.”
The next time you come across a great book or resource that you want all your leaders to read, assign each person one chapter of the book, and ask them each to jot down key points. At the next meeting have each of your leaders report back on the chapter he or she read.
This way your whole team gets a taste of the resource, and some people will even be inspired to read the whole book.
Try this unique idea to get your volunteers listening intently to training lessons and having fun at the same time.
Every other month send out a training audiotape or CD to all your adult volunteers. You can use something you’ve created or a training lesson from another youth worker (make sure you have permission to duplicate and use it).
At the end of each audio-training message, place a special “rewind reward” question for your volunteers. This question should cover something specific that was shared during the training tape. For example, it might be a certain statistic or one of the points made during the talk. Then tell your volunteers that the fifth person to email you with the correct answer will win a gift certificate—and make it something good!