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Are you in youth ministry and you've had it with crazed parents? Rollin' your eyes at the pastoral council? Tired of administration work? Love youth? Love the Church? Appalled at parish politics? Looking for some good games? For a creative ways to teach a lesson for Religious Ed? Just need a place to veg out and say "phew! Someone outside of the parish to talk to!"? Grab y'r Starbucks, turn the computer away from the staff's eyes, grab a seat on a donated dusty couch and let it all go.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

What to do, what to do

Poison.
That's what one of my former partners in ministry used to call them. Poison.
At the same time, he also tried to keep them on board to use what was best in them.

At what point do you let volunteers go? What do you do when they have a tendancy to gossip about you to other church members?

3 Comments:

Blogger AmICrazyForDoingThisJob said...

I feel the same way about some of my volunteers. I'm not really sure what to do, because I've just started at this parish. I inherited them. It's a matter of prayer and discernment, but I am concerned at the same time that these volunteers haven't been FORMED well.

11:22 AM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

Prayer is one thing-keep it up! Sometimes, however you can keep presenting them with the Truth, and what needs to happen for the program, call them to be on board, then let them make the decision whether or not they'll stay.


Unless they are parents who have kids in the program-that is usually where much of my headaches come from!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Philothea Rose said...

I have 3 BIL's who are also youth ministers along with dh, and one BIL actually did ask his volunteers to leave to take a break, and he told them why. yeah, they were mad, but keeping them around was defeating the purpose of the ministry! Of course, this BIL has no problems being assertive when it comes to things that just need to be done.

12:42 PM  

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