In this video, Mark Eiken (Pastor of Spiritual Formation @12Stone.com) shares insight on the art of encouraging others.
EXPLORE: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. Hebrews 10:24(NLT)
Not only is encouragement and positive feedback an essential skill for pastors and leaders to develop but it is also a noble pursuit because it has the best interest of your teammates and the kingdom at heart.
How are ways that you have been encouraged by leaders ahead of you?
If there are three types of encouragement that leaders can impart, which do you prefer to give?
Which do you prefer to receive? Why?
1. Physical. (bonuses, gift certificates, gifts, notes etc)
2. Emotional. (words of affirmation, public or private recognition, etc)
3. Relational. (time with person, dinner, golf, field trip, etc)
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would your staff members and key volunteers rate you on the skill of encouragement?
Would you say that encouraging people is natural for you or requires extra effort? Why?
EXPERIENCE: SOMETHING TO TRY
Write down the names of key people that you lead:
What would you say is an effective method of encouragement (physical, emotional, relational) for each person:
Write a list of corporate, team and personal values that you want to reinforce through encouragement.
Examples include: people in small groups, raising up a new leaders, personal breakthroughs, team wins, connecting new believers, baptisms, etc.
EVALUATE: SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
Who were the last three people you encouraged on purpose?
What that encouragement specific to the person or more generic?
What values did you reinforce through that encouragement?