tell someone no (a fridea)

To see this week’s look at recruiting AS discipleship, start at Monday’s post.

This would take guts, and no, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.

It does, however, fit with this week’s focus on volunteer recruitment as a form of discipleship.

Part of the discipleship process in recruiting is a willingness to refuse certain volunteers. To say no to some student leader applicants. To suggest that a requested role – even if it’s just a “worker bee” role – isn’t a great fit for someone. Even on occasion to “fire” a volunteer, whether they’re in a high-profile leadership role or in a much less noticeable position.

But here’s the scary part: Because recruitment (and leading vols once you have them) are about discipleship, we need to be willing to tell people No even now, toward the end of the semester – if that’s what’s best for them and/or the position.

But because this is all discipleship, we can’t necessarily just “let the clock run out” to rid ourselves of a difficult volunteer. (Is that sometimes the wisest call? Sure. But it’s far too easy to default to.)

Or maybe ’tis the season when you’re getting volunteers for next year… and like anyone else, you face the temptation of taking as many volunteers as you can get.

But because this is all discipleship, we have to consider whether a “No” (or a “No more”) will better benefit a student than a “Yes.” And it may also add a little courage when you know they’re not a fit… because really and truly, hearing No is discipleship, too.

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