I Have posted before on how Delegation is a must in children’s ministry.
Today I want to follow that up with the importance of communication before, during and after delegation.
Suggestion 1: Clarify your expectations. Write out what you want to do to see if it sounds logical and comprehensive. Be specific about the timeline and results needed (this should be part of the S.M.A.R.T. process I have mentioned many times).
2. Ensure you’re on the same page. Talk things over to be sure there’s a mutual understanding of important points. Rephrase what you understand to be what has been said and any assignments given out.
3. Share your knowledge. Help those you are working with succeed by being generous with any information or tips you can give them based on your experience. When they win the team wins. Long gone are the days of keeping information.
4. Remain available for questions that may develop. Many questions can arise once a person actually starts working on a delegated assignment. Check in often to offer feedback and advice, especially in the early stages. Anything short of this kind of continual check-in is not “delegation” but “dumping”.
5. Encourage accountability. Assign whole projects and related decision-making authority as much as possible. It helps to speed things up and people often feel more motivated when they have a sense of ownership.
How would following these suggestions help your children’s ministry out if followed?