Team Development: Aim To Create A Welcome Space for Worship

Each team should develop leaders within the group to help train and encourage. The people that you train today will be our leaders tomorrow.

Team Development: Aim To Create A Welcome Space for Worship
One helpful step would be to write a manual for each position you have. It is nowhere near as daunting as it seems. We had each person working on the team, to write out what they do everyday and then we took the information, refined it and made it into a manual.
Team Development: Aim To Create A Welcome Space for Worship
One helpful step would be to write a manual for each position you have. It is nowhere near as daunting as it seems. We had each person working on the team, to write out what they do everyday and then we took the information, refined it and made it into a manual.

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Building a team is like building a family; it takes love and understanding.

We must set the standard as a leader.

Our ultimate goal should be to “create a welcome space for worship.”

As easy as that sometimes sounds, there is a lot that we must do to make this happen.

Purpose

To intentionally train and equip, with clear goals and objectives.

The first part is relatively easy, right?

After recruiting a new volunteer, at West Asheville Baptist Church, we introduce them to everyone to have a bit of prayer, after which we have one of our veteran volunteers spend 15 minutes or so, showing the new volunteer what to do.

Then the next week, we put the new volunteer to work.

Does this sound familiar to you?

Ideally, we would prefer to take a few weeks to orient the new person, and if possible, hand them a small manual about the task and then gradually work them into the lineup.

To get to that point, I would first start by writing a manual for each position you have. It is nowhere near as daunting as it seems. We had each person working on the team, to write out what they do everyday and then we took the information, refined it and made it into a manual. Most jobs are written on one page.

The purpose of doing this, is to make sure to give your volunteers the best chance for success.

It is easy while training to leave out one or more details that would be helpful. And not everyone is a good trainer.

Also for some jobs, we have books and videos on how to operate the equipment. I encourage them to read the manuals and to make suggestions.

At West Asheville, we have a lot of lights and a very intricate lighting console. I was struggling to keep up with everything I had to do as a new tech director, along with programming the lighting board.

One of the guys who was running lights on Sunday asked if I would mind whether he could take the time to learn more about the board along with additional practice during the week. After taking the time to do that, he is now the one who programs all of our big events, saving me a boatload of time.


More About Ralph Hicks
Ralph Hicks is the Tech Director for the West Asheville Baptist Church, based in Asheville, N.C. He started serving in church when he was seven and has been a part of the volunteer staff ever since. After singing in church and running sound for 20 years, he moved behind the camera where he spent several years. He was the church's Front of House Engineer, before becoming the Technical Director six years ago.
Get in Touch: rhicks@westashevillebaptist.org    More by Ralph Hicks

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