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10 Ways For Commanders/Directors to Say “Thanks”

Leadership / Volunteers //

Thanksgiving and then Christmas are rapidly approaching. You’re a commander (or a director) and you’re thinking this would be a great time to tell your leaders “thanks.” However, all your good intentions usually get lost in the flurry of gifting, tinselling, shopping, baking and program planning.

This year, why not get started now? In fact, maybe even today you could begin to organize one of the following ideas …

Think about it …

1. Write an article for the church newsletter, post on Facebook or ask for some space in the church worship folder to thank your leaders publically for all their hard work.

2. Take your leaders out for a “thank you” breakfast on a Saturday morning. Make it early (but reasonable) – say 8:00 and promise that they’ll be done by 9:30. (You don’t want to take up their entire day.) Don’t talk about club, but begin with a short speech on how much you appreciate them and then encourage them to chat and get to know each other even better than they already do.

3. Write each of them a handwritten note specifically thanking them for one or two ways they help you at club. “Don, thanks so much for showing up early each week and setting up the chairs. Thanks, too, for taking a special interest in Marcus. His whole personality is different since the beginning of the year because of your encouragement.” Don’t just send a quickly scrawled generic note to everyone.

4. Make sure you pass along any compliments you might get about the club. A parent tells you how much her child enjoys Sparks? Let your leaders know. They are the ones who are directly communicating with the kids.

5. Ask a parent or two to organize a project to thank the leaders. Maybe the kids could all sign a t-shirt that says, “World’s Greatest Leader”

6. Give them a small gift card as a special treat. This doesn’t have to be a lot – a few dollars for a coffee shop will get them a drink and a pastry – but let them know you care.

7.  Make a conscious effort to have an interrupted conversation with them. Ask how they’re doing and then LISTEN as they tell you. Make sure you do it at a time when you aren’t running after kids or worrying about the Large Group lesson.

8. Do a DVD of club. Record the kids singing. Ask the clubbers what they like about club. Ask them to describe a good leader (but be careful that one leader is not getting all the praise).

9. Find out what each of their favorite snacks are and surprise them by bringing those snacks to club one night.

10. Do you live where there’s snow? Go out during club on a snowy night and clean off their windshields so their cars are ready to go when they are.

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Life is about my love for the Lord and teaching kids about His Word; about serving at Awana (20 years); about collecting counties (every county we visit is marked on a giant map) and grandkids (6) --- and writing about it all. My latest book is How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph (David C. Cook).