Ina van Staden, a Women's Ministry leader in South Africa recently wrote, "At this moment I am doing everything myself and it is getting a little hard to get everything done." You may be able to relate to her list:
I believe in a gentle, "3-strikes-your-out" policy. If she forgets or doesn't do her task once, simply remind her and express your true sadness that her area of responsibility was left undone. If twice, repeat the above, also gently thank her for her willingness while helping her to see that the work of that ministry are vital. (If she rises to the task, she will be grateful for the words of encouragement; if not, she will understand your next step.) If she fails you a third time, after you have spoken kindly to her, offered her assistance, and explained the importance of her role, then you must carefully and prayerfully let her know that you will need to find someone else to coordinate that ministry. If she is very sad about this, ask if she might be retained as a helper, for the times she can attend.
Once some volunteers are recruited, have a special meeting for the gals whose positions fall into the middle section of your chart, followed by a meeting for all of your new women's ministry volunteers. Treat these women with extra honor for their labor of love. They will be your Aaron and Hur, holding you up during times of exhaustion. Then, hold regular meetings with your volunteer leaders in order that you may be able to encourage them in their responsibilities. By doing so, you will soon see who is in "the right spot" and whose gifts may require a change of job.
Marnie Swedberg is the Women's Ministry Leadership Mentor via her online hub athttp://www.marnie.com, where you will find many free and low-fee resources, connections and training opportunities to help you reach your full personal and ministry potential in Christ.