By Crystal Mazzuca
Try and paint a picture of an ideal volunteer. What do you see?
What about how they serve?
How do you find this amazing volunteer?
Believe it or not, you already have them in your midst. As a Children’s Ministry leader, you have the unique opportunity to cultivate a culture where this dynamic new kind of volunteer is crafted, cared for, and can thrive.
Belonging That Leads to Buy In
With Hyfi, we promote real connection and true belonging. But this isn’t just for kids! Your volunteers need to know that they have a place to belong as well. When volunteers feel seen, known, and valued, they become devoted members of your team who genuinely enjoy serving. When volunteers feel seen, known, and valued, they become devoted members of your team who genuinely enjoy serving. Click To Tweet
Hyfi’s Volunteer Toolbox enables you to create this culture of belonging for your volunteers. Weekly touch points like emails and texts give you a chance to show them you are genuinely invested in them. Chances to grow and learn together through huddles and the Highlight of the Week creates a community where each person feels like they have support and friendship. Their sense of belonging will lead to longevity, devotion, and personal growth that will overflow into their ministry.
Going Deeper In Relationships
If all that we ask volunteers to do is teach a lesson and manage a classroom, we are missing out on the opportunity to empower them to make deep and meaningful connections that comes through building real relationships with kids.
Hyfi invites and equips volunteers to lead and invest side by side with kids. They are given questions and activities that promote personal reflection and discussion. They take the theme, focus, and Bible story and have conversations and connections that are real and relatable. Every volunteer feels like they matter because they are doing work and building relationships that matter.
Learning as Leaders
We want volunteers to feel equipped to lead, but it can feel overwhelming to find the time and resources to make it happen. Hyfi helps by giving you monthly head and heart connections: practical tips to grow in ministry execution and faith conversations to grow in a heart for ministry.
As well, you can help leaders grow and thrive with intentional and engaging training events, which Hyfi offers two fully planned events a year. The combination of these things will cultivate a heart and passion to learn, grow, and feel a real sense of ownership in the ministry.
A New Kind of Volunteer
Hyfi’s volunteer engagement creates a team of people who loves learning, goes deep in relationships, and truly feels like they belong. Can’t you just picture it?
Crystal Mazzuca is a Content Editor for Lifeway’s Hyfi and Kids’ Short Term Studies. With an MA in Christian Education Administration, she has a passion to encourage and equip leaders to impact the next generation for Christ. She’s spent the last 20 years in Kids, Student, and Family Ministry and loves serving both the big C church and her local church in Olympia, WA. Crystal loves reading, going to the beach, and playing video games with her 3 sons.