Here is the continuation of ‘Is your children’s ministry a Cruise or a Dinghy?’
Some possible signs of being part of a cruise ship:
1. People are joining your team because a friend who loves serving invited them. (This means others than you the leader are recruiting!)
2. People are joining your team because they see an opportunity to make an impact with their life in something that is bigger than themselves.
3. Volunteers are listened to and then placed in positions that line up with their passions and gifts. It is more about the volunteer than the position to fill. (Care more for volunteers than empty positions)
4. You have parties with the volunteer team with no “training” involved.
5. There are lots of smiles and laughter.
6. Volunteers go home energized and excited about serving.
7. Volunteers clearly understand the mission of the ministry and the part they play in fulfilling that mission.
8. Volunteers regularly share stories of how serving has helped them grow in their faith and become more of who God is calling them to be.
I can tell you that my team has not arrived yet but we refuse to be a Dinghy. A first step for us in achieving more than Dinghy status is to stop sending out S.O.S. signals. Instead we are determined to live out as many of the above criteria and make sure we are inviting people to join us for the experience of a lifetime and to come cruise with us as we sail with the winds of momentum!