Beside the basics of calling, praying, encouraging, and listening to my leaders, I try and find out the one thing that motivates them and then do it. For some leaders it’s a pat on the back, letting them know they are doing a great job followed-up by a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant. For another its fresh flowers delivered to them at work. Maybe its tickets for them and friends to the movies or local baseball game. Maybe it’s a gas card so they can take a day trip away from work. Maybe it’s a book from their favorite author. Well, I am sure you get the idea. You won't believe how special it will be when you give them something that was just for them (and unique to them). Something that says, you are very valuable to this ministry and me.
So when should you do this and how often, well that is up to you. The point is that its special and above the normal encouragements, phone calls, emails, etc. You don't want to do it so much they expect it but instead be creative of what you do and when. Keep it private* between the two of you (this is specially good in that some gifts may have cost more than others and we don't want leaders comparing).
Oh and one more thing; I love to treat my leaders to lunch, coffee, dinner at my house, etc. I also like to treat the whole group occasionally (moving my leaders meeting to a ice cream shop). Also, once a year I like to treat them to leadership retreat and/or special dinner of thanks (I sometimes get marrieds to serve).
*Not private in that your boss/pastor doesn't know or a co-leader. We wouldn't want anything taken wrong.
So, start thinking of today how you can give that extra special gift to those that are leading your ministry. Kris Swiatocho, Director
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