Developing Your Volunteer Team
You may have already figured out that you can’t do sex industry outreach on your own. You are going to need a team of volunteers that are going to help you carry out the vision.
Here are a couple questions you might be asking:
- How do I decide who will volunteer on the outreach team?
I quickly discovered that while some people truly have a heart for this ministry and willing to commit for the long haul, there are many people for whom the desire to participate in sex industry outreach is more about “tourism” than ministry. It’s as though they want to add it to their bucket list. Visit Rome, Go Sky Diving, Do Strip Club Outreach.
Treasures has adopted some basic processes and strategies in order to eliminate strip club tourism.
- Application required
- Mandatory Training
- “Cool off period” (Volunteers must wait until the following month’s outreach to participate)
- One-year commitment
The above-mentioned help eradicate impulsive decisions to get involved. The process of applying to be on the outreach is such that most people who complete it have to be pretty committed and passionate.
- What if a volunteer is committed and passionate but still doesn’t seem to be a good fit?
Treasures has opportunities to serve outside of the outreach team. For example, if someone decided that they were unable to commit to the standards of ministry, this would not mean that they couldn’t volunteer at all, it would just mean that perhaps they would help with something that would not require direct contact with the women we are reaching (Such as gift bag assembly).
Usually, the application process is enough to weed people out. On very rare occasions, I have had to have conversations with people and delicately tell them that they are not a fit for outreach. For example, there was a volunteer who was diagnosed with schizophrenia and had been having “episodes”. I gently told her the following: “I love your heart to serve with Treasures. I really like to make sure I set our volunteers up for a win by placing them in areas of the ministry that best fit their strengths. I have been thinking about it and I think that you would be a great fit for our prayer team and our gift bag team.”
In that case, she didn’t even question it and was excited to join the gift bag team. If she had said that she disagreed and really wanted to serve on the outreach team, I would have had to go a little deeper and explain that I was concerned about what might happen if she were to have an “episode” during an outreach and that it could put her and our team in a potentially challenging situation.
In general, as long as you have a strong leadership team and create a strong, healthy culture on your outreach team, you will naturally find that the people who are able to adapt to the culture you create will stick around and the ones who aren’t able to will leave on their own.
PS. For some other great blogs on recovery that might benefit your team and the women you serve, check out the Treasures site.
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