Getting volunteers to “OWN” their ministry can sometimes be difficult. Sue Miller & Adam Duckworth talk about this in one of the chapters in their book, “Not Normal” which can be found here:
Basically, it’s about caring more about what they do. It’s about doing the best they can possibly do, for the maximum impact.
WingClips is a website that takes clips from movies, and categorizes them by theme. This is helpful when looking for a video clip to illustrate a point. On this website, there are two clips from “Despicable Me”.
Gru reads a bedtime story to the 3 girls who come to live with him. He basically doesnt’ want to read it to them, but he agrees to read it, just to get them to stop bothering him.
Gru has had a change of heart. The children have had an impact on him that he wasn’t expecting. He has grown to love them. This time he reads a bedtime story to them with a whole new attitude. It’s a story that he wrote himself and shows how much his heart has changed towards them.
These two clips are a great illustration of the difference in the approach a Small Group Leader can choose to take. One approach is basically doing the job to get it done. The other shows what can happen when a leader takes the time to care for their kids. Both the kids & the leader are changed.
Many thanks to one of my amazing volunteers on my kids ministry team who came up with this idea. Way to go Anne!