Calling all newbies!
Are you working hard to lead a team of experienced teachers, leaders, or volunteers? At first, it’s easy to recognize that they’ve been here much longer than you. They are what you’d call “experts.” They know what they are doing. The truth is, they can sometimes be the hardest group of people to lead. So, as a newbie in your church or in kids ministry, how do you lead a team with more experience, knowledge, and even expertise than you?
- Acknowledge their value. Let them know how much you appreciate their experience. Remind them what an asset they are to the team. Tell them THANK YOU more often than feels comfortable.
- Learn from them. Watch them, especially in their field of expertise. Ask lots of questions. Find out how they would handle difficult situations you’re dealing with. Ask them to recommend resources for you to continue learning.
- Lean on them. As you lead, use these experienced team members. Let them be the example for others to watch. Let them train potential volunteers. Don’t be afraid of their knowledge or experience, but use it!
- Lead them. They don’t expect you to try to know more than they know or one-up their experience. They expect you to lead. Show them you can lead by investing in them, being a resource for them, encouraging them, and equipping them. Cast vision. Remind them often where you’re headed in your ministry and why you need their help to get there.
- Remember your calling. God has given you a vision for the ministry and He has called you to lead it. These others are simply here to help along the way. Often, your intimidation can keep you from getting the most help and service out of these most talented team members. God called you for a reason to serve with these people in this season, so make the most of it and trust the Lord’s calling.