No matter how good your screening process for new volunteers for your youth ministry, at some point you may find yourself stuck with a bad youth ministry volunteer. There can be many reasons why a volunteer doesn’t work out (anymore) in your youth ministry:
- A lack of chemistry with the students, the team, or with you as youth pastor;
- The volunteer has demonstrated risky behavior that hasn’t changed after several warnings;
- The volunteer is going through a rough season in his or her life and simply doesn’t have the energy for youth ministry right now;
- Not everyone is destined to stay in youth ministry forever, even after having successfully served many years it may be simply time to leave;
- The gifts and character of the volunteer don’t match with the task he or she is doing;
- The volunteer does a reasonable good job with the students, but is causing problems in your team (no team player) for instance with excessive criticism;
- Despite best efforts and the necessary youth ministry training, the volunteer simply isn’t ‘performing’ well;
- You may have made some changes in the youth ministry (for instance in programs) that the volunteer doesn’t feel comfortable with or the volunteer doesn’t support the mission and vision (anymore).
Even the above list is far from exhaustive. There can be many reasons why you need to part ways with a bad volunteer, but how do you do that?