Numerous studies have identified four distinct personality
groups with the majority (more than 70 percent) categorized as
socially extroverted. Social extroverts want to belong and want to
be around other people. They like it when others accept them, and
they like to be part of anything that allows them to group
together. Take advantage of this inherent desire to belong by
fostering team spirit through these simple methods.
One way to do this is to have a team "brand" for your ministry.
You can purchase customized T-shirts for as low as $5 each at a
local print shop or online. Use your ministry logo on the front,
and on the back have "Team Member" printed. Require all of your
team members to wear the shirts when serving. Not only do the
shirts make it easy to identify who the team members are in rooms,
check-in areas, or hallways, but these shirts are also a walking
advertisement for your ministry. The biggest benefit comes from
volunteers themselves feeling like they're part of a special team.
Seeing others wearing the shirts forges an instant bond and
T-shirts are also a great way to identify unapproved adults. In
many churches, parents visit kids' rooms or remain in the room with
their child. Knowing that only approved volunteers are wearing the
official team shirts helps keep the roles of parents, observers,
and team members clearly distinct.
Tips for Logo Wear
- Have shirts available for the new volunteers at the orientation
- To cover the costs of the shirts, you can charge a nominal fee.
The small profit might establish a fund to provide free shirts for
those who genuinely can't afford to buy their own.
- Have shirts printed in different colors, but with the same logo
and design, for youth volunteers. You'll be capitalizing on youth's
desire to belong, and colored shirts are an easy way to identify
how many adult volunteers and youth volunteers are in a