Welcome to Episode 2 of the FOUR12 Canada Podcast.

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We are excited to have Shawna Lester. Shawna is the Director of Family Ministry/Interim Midland Campus Pastor at Connexus.  She is going to share with us some amazing tips on serving weekly, keeping healthy and crazy fun things to try. 


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Start with Small Steps to change the culture

  • Gather a few to get on board and have them help others to catch the vision
  • Develop weekly roles and roles for those that can’t,
  • Help them find the best role that fits them
  • Try 8 to 10 weeks to start for Elementary and younger, middle school and highschool is a longer commitment
  • Attend one and serve one

 Coaches - build up some coaches that will build up your team and check to see how everyone is doing.

 How much is too much, ways to stay healthy

  • Watch for disengagement, passion and enjoyment lacking or dwindled
  • Arriving late
  • As the leader make sure you check in
  • Notice how often people are serving and where

 How to implement crazy fun ideas

1st Filter through the mission of your church and ministry

In Children’s ministry:

  • Does this help small group leaders win?
  • Does this help families win?
  • Does this help new people attending?

Adults or whole church:

  • Make sure it’s reasonable and executable
  • Practical for the space
  • Think outside the box
  • Consider the barriers and ways to work around them

 Ways to Encourage Volunteers

  • Celebrate major holidays
  • Send thank you cards
  • Candy
  • Breakfast?! Or treats
  • Good coffee
  • Make sure you remove barriers to serving
  • Provide a space for the kids of those that are serving
  • Invest in them as people

 Connecting with families

  • Realize you can’t meet them all at once every week, plan to meet one family a week
  • Send out Birthday cards
  • Calling and talking to parents
  • Ask about up coming events

 Share the wins!!

  • Share with others that are serving
  • Share with the families
  • Celebrate the wins!

 One Thing to Remember!

 Every person has a Place!

Thanks for listening!  We hope this episode has equipped you for greater influence through serving and we don’t want you to miss a single episode so if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts. And you can help us reach more people by writing a review for the podcast on the Apple podcast app and other podcast apps that you use. The FOUR12 Canada podcast is a ministry of Faith Baptist Church in Huntsville Ontario. Explore everything FOUR12 Canada at four12.ca. Thanks for spending some time with us. See you next time!


Up Next Season 1 Episode 3: Rich Birch

Importance of Communication, Great Ideas to Encourage

Volunteers and How to Set Up Your Team to Succeed

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