Make sure that you’re using terminology that your volunteers understand. Many times they won’t speak up if they don’t get what you’re saying because they don’t want to appear stupid. This is especially true for newer team members – they often assume that everyone understands except them, and don’t want others to think they’re incompetent.
If you’re using musical terms or technical terms [ex. “sforzando” or “gain staging”] when you’re not 100% sure that your volunteer gets it, pause and rephrase in plain English. It can be difficult for someone with years of experience to remember what it’s like to be a noob, but that’s your job. Giving team members the 101-level training that they need – with patience and understanding – is part of being a good leader.
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I'm a Christian, a husband, a dad, a son, a pastor, a consultant, a musician, a writer, and bits and pieces of a bunch of other things. My work life has followed three main phases - business to teaching to church. I was the Weekend Services Pastor for nine years at Northview Church, an awesome church in the Indianapolis suburbs. I used to work for Willow Creek, another awesome church in the Chicago area. Plus I've written for various magazines and websites, and other freelancy sorts of things... My life mission is to help the church be as excellent as it can be.
Oh yeah - the name's Greg. Greg Wallace. But not the race car driver or the major league pitcher or the British celebrity chef. Just the creative worship guy. Hi.
It's my hope that these ideas, musings, rants, raves, etc... will inspire you. They're just my opinions - but again, I hope that they'll help to inspire you. Because the church really, really needs inspired creative types. If you're a creative type (and most people are, deep-down), ask God for help. Then take any ideas that are useful to you - borrow them, nab them, use them, adapt them - and make them into something greater...
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