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Every ministry in the church needs volunteers. They are the lifeblood of a healthy church. When I first started out in ministry, I could get people to try it out and serve. Lots of folks would serve for a few months but they would drop off as quickly as they jumped in. Just as churches talk about having a back back door where people leave their churches … I had a huge back door with volunteers leaving sooner than expected. They weren’t leaving the church; they were just leaving my team. I had to figure out why the volunteers I had recruited weren’t sticking.
It’s one of the most paralyzing problems many leaders face: how do you handle a difficult team member?
Want to make the problem worse? That’s easy.
Imagine the difficult team member is a volunteer.
Then what do you do? After all, they’re volunteering their time.
Most people think you can’t do anything. And that’s dead wrong.