When I was a youth pastor the hardest thing I ever had to do was remove an adult volunteer. Kid problems are easy to deal with, its way different when you have to tell an adult that their behavior is inappropriate and they need to take a step back.
Consider using the following steps when you think you might have a problem with an adult staff members.
Step 1: Be Preemptive
Every problem with staff comes from unmet expectations. Unless you are clear in your communication with them, your staff will create their own expectations. Most youth workers are so focused on students and logistics they forget to communicate their expectations to their staff.
Step 2: Be Consistent
After communicating your expectations, it is important to consistently uphold them. Be sure staff understand the reasons for what you are doing. Hold yourself and them to a high standard.
Step 3: Be Decisive
When the time comes to take action, don’t hesitate. The longer you wait, the worse things will get. Decide on your course of action and follow through. Your staff will appreciate your honesty, and your consistency will convey care to the rest of your staff.
Often the best thing you can do for someone is remove them. We learn the most important lessons in life from difficult situations. Being a leader requires commitment to your staff. Commit yourself to always doing what is best for them and watch how it helps the whole team.
About the Author
Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners who never leave their side. Doug grew up in… Read More