Dear Lucy Leader … Reminders and Encouragment

Dear Lucy Leader,

How often should I remind someone of a deadline without making it seem like I am pestering her?

Pesky Patty

Dear Pesky Patty,

You ask a good question. The task needs to be accomplished in a timely manner, but you do not want to seem bothersome to your volunteer team member. 

Being a Christian leader is a relational experience. However, these experiences occur in the laboratory of life. Deadlines are a part of this real life. It is important to be clear about those deadlines at the very beginning of the task. Make sure your timeline is realistic. Be specific in what the task requires. Your Christian relationship with your volunteer team member is crucial. If you have established a friendly atmosphere, it will be easy to check in with her and see how she is doing. Ask if she needs help to meet that deadline. Let her know you are willing to help her succeed in what she has been asked to do. 

LWML has resources to support you in your walk as a leader of volunteers. “Volunteers in Christ’s Ministry”has many helpful suggestions. 

Cheer your team on. Encourage and motivate your volunteer team member. Most importantly, pray for her and with her. 

Let me leave you with a final thought from God’s Word: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Lucy Leader

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Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee

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