Yesterday I was driving home thinking about this coming weekend and pondering the coming changing of the seasons. We’re pretty slim on volunteers right now in Quest and a couple years ago I would have thought it is all my responsibility to take care of everything. That was the mindset that led me to one of the best decisions I could have made – get out of eKidz for a while and experience something new for a bit. That eventually led me to being offered the volunteer position as Quest coordinator which I have thoroughly enjoyed and continue to enjoy.
I’ve got some amazing people I get to volunteer and serve with. We are “all in”. This past spring and summer were just great in Quest. We have some amazing small group leaders and volunteers. A lot of them were high school and college students. It was so great to get to know them and have the opportunity to pour into them and give them the tools and resources they needed to grow. As summer drew to a close and school came back into the picture, it was crazy to realize how many of them would be leaving us. It was sad to see them go, but they are all off doing amazing things at different places around the country.
So back to when I was thinking about this weekend. I ended up realizing… Of course everything we do has different “seasons”, highs and lows, etc. This past spring and summer were amazing. It was a season of growth for us internally (and by internally I mean growing as a team) and we were intentional about it. We made a survey for our volunteers to see what was going well, what we could work on, etc. We were intentional about our meetings (both as leaders and with the volunteers who serve alongside us). We gave out roles and responsibilities to give our volunteers more of a hand in making things happen.
Now that we’ve slimmed down a bit…it’s not time to back down. In the midst of having such a wide range of volunteers, we realized the responsibility we had to be intentional about growing as a team in the spring and the summer. I realized yesterday that we’re in the beginning of a season. We’ve got to dig deep with the core we have now and continue to be intentional in order to see Quest grow and for our team to grow. As new volunteers sign up, we’ve got the new privilege and opportunity to see what happened in the spring and summer of 2010 happen anew. I’m pretty excited about that.