Committed volunteers, dedicated leaders, and qualified staff members can be an incredible help to the church.

But leadership comes with a responsibility to care for those we lead.

It’s not just about motivating them to do more, it’s about helping them grow as people. It’s about helping them use their gifts to follow Jesus, not just get work done for the church.

It’s easy to think about what you need volunteers to do or what you need your staff members to do, but what do your volunteers and leaders need from YOU? What must you provide for key people in your church?

Here are three things you must give leaders in your church.


Volunteers, leaders and team members need someone to communicate the why behind the what. They need to understand how what they are doing connects to the big picture. They need to understand where they fit. Remember, mission and vision are two entirely different things.

Your mission is your big-picture reason for existence. It’s your purpose. It’s your why-behind-the-what, and when you think about it, you’re never really going to accomplish it. Communicating mission isn’t enough…because it doesn’t have a due date.

That’s why you’ve got to provide a steady dose of vision to all of your leaders. You have to clearly community what you’re all about right now, in this season of ministry. You’ve to make sure the things people are doing are connected to what’s most important.

Great volunteers, leaders and team members will tend to pick up extra responsibilities over time. Because they are so committed to the church, it’s easy for them to get out of their sweet spot and exert a lot of sideways energy.

When you talk about the mission and vision, you bring people back to the center.


“Your reward is in heaven.”

While that’s true, don’t let that become an excuse for not saying thanks on earth. Heaven feels like a long way off, so you’ve got to lather on appreciation now.

Your volunteers, leaders, and staff members need to hear you say thanks over and over again. They need to know when they are doing a good job, and they need you to specifically point it out.

It's not enough to FEEL grateful for people. You need to TELL them thank you.  

When I was pastoring a church in Atlanta, one of my favorite environments was a leadership gathering we did every quarter. We simply invited every volunteer, leader and team member to the church for a time of inspiration and appreciation. It was old school “food, fellowship and fun!”

At this quarterly event, we always gave out an award to a volunteer or leader who was doing a great job. These awards were a big deal, and everyone loved them. It made an impact on the person receiving them, but everyone in the room felt honored and valued.

Volunteers need to know they are needed, and they need to know their involvement and investment are appreciated.


Most people really do want to do a good job, but they can't hit a target if it's constantly moving. That's why every volunteer and leader in your church should have a simple, one-page job description. It should tell them what they do, when they do it, and who to talk to if they have a question.  

In your role as the Chief Clarity Officer, you can help people focus on what matters most and what matters now.

One of the best ways to do this is to clarify roles and goals – what you truly do and what you’re trying to accomplish. When everyone is clear on those two things, you can develop synergy and get the entire team moving in the same direction.  

A lack of clarity creates confusion – a situation where everyone is doing a lot of good things but the church as a whole isn’t really moving forward.   

But when you clarify how everyone fits, what their areas of responsibility really are, and a real goal to reach over the next few months, people love it.

People really want to do a good job. So go ahead and define what that looks like exactly. Get really clear on roles and goals.  

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Every leader in your church needs to know the vision, experience appreciation and understand the direction.

If you’re the senior leader, it’s up to you to provide this. You’ve got to create a culture where these things happen naturally, and it starts with making sure they happen intentionally.

So What's Next?

You're supposed to lead your staff and develop leaders in your church, but where do you start?

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