Connectivity with Your Leadership Team

Relationship is Key in the Kingdom of God

by Rob Purcell/ September 28, 2016

Relationship is key in the kingdom of God. You can’t go far in Scripture without seeing God connecting with mankind and being in relationship with them.

Even back to the Garden of Eden, God walked in the garden and spoke with man face to face. As leaders, why should our desire to connect with those that serve alongside of us be any different? Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands” (John 14:15), and goes on to say, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

Jesus was all about connecting with those who served Him. In fact, Jesus exemplified service in His relationship to others. He said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). I believe in connection and relationship-building with my volunteers. I think at this point, it’s what I love most about being a pastor. Below is a list of points where connection can happen and where they have happened for me:

  1. Monthly meetings with my Leaders of Leaders: those who oversee a whole area of ministry as a volunteer. We pray, we eat dinner together, we fellowship, we learn something from the Bible or from a leadership guru, and we talk about the future.
  2. Yearly Appreciation: I meet yearly with my Leaders of Leaders at my home with their entire family. We eat, fellowship, and I give them all gift cards to their favorite place—all of which I budget yearly. I also do an appreciation banquet with the other staff, where we serve a meal to all volunteers of the church.
  3. I hunt, fish, and do other hobbies with my volunteers at any level they serve.
  4. I visit them and their families in the hospitals, and I see them face-to-face in times of crisis.
  5. Every Sunday and Wednesday, I go around, shake their hands, and talk about their lives.

Connecting with volunteers is deliberate; it takes time and effort. Jesus spent years with His disciples. While we would love for people to serve and for relationships to happen just because we have the title “pastor,”  it doesn’t. It takes real time, effort, and forethought to make connections with volunteers.

These points will not only build connection with your volunteers, it will enrich your life and your love for the people you serve.