EPISODE 003: Pastor First, Tech Second: 7 Ways to Put People Over Process
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You have to care more about who your volunteers are becoming more than what they do on your team.
Your goal should be to create a community, not use people to push a button.
Here are 7 ideas for helping you think about making sure the people are coming before the process:
1. Know their name and their story.
Knowing their name and some of their story (their salvation story, their family, their job) will show them you care.
2. Encourage three times more than you critique.
Be consistent in calling out the good things your volunteers are doing. Encourage both in one-on-one settings and in group settings.
3. Schedule 2-3 times a week where you intentionally spend one-on-one time with volunteers.
Intentionally schedule time with your volunteers where you can talk to them about their life and walk with Christ.
4. Give them grace when they mess up.
Don’t be afraid of these decisions. Mistakes will happen – its live! But in every mess up, small or large, offer grace. Your team how you react. Be gracious.
5. Set them up for success.
Set your team up for success by offering extensive training before Sunday and by communicating details about the flow of your worship service.
6. Try to not make the technical parts of a volunteer position personal.
Try to critique using the name of the position and praise using a person’s name.
7. Be a friend in their life celebrations and struggles.
People will remember your presence more than anything. Share life with them, and they’ll know you care.
Quotes from this Episode:You must care more about who your volunteers are becoming than what they do on your team. @carlbarnhill Click To Tweet Try to critique using the name of the position and praise using a person’s name. @carlbarnhill Click To Tweet People will remember your presence more than anything. Share life with them, and they’ll know you care. @carlbarnhill Click To Tweet
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The Church Media Podcast is the definitive podcast for helping you create dynamic experiences and build solid Media Production Teams at your church. Hosted by Church Media Coach and Author, Carl Barnhill and produced by legendary Producer and Composer, David Michael Hyde, The Church Media Podcast is designed to give you the tools and confidence you need to use media at your church or through your ministry, where people meet Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. In each episode, we dive into the topics of Church Video, Audio, Lighting, Stage Design, Volunteer Culture and more.