3 Tips for Creating Successful Training Materials

“One of the challenges that often keeps churches and non-profits from producing their own training material for their volunteers is that they don’t believe they can.” 

Many churches psych themselves out of producing anything because they may not have the equipment budget or technical know-how to produce lessons in Ultra HD video.

Access to expensive video and audio gear is certainly helpful, but it is not the most critical issue to focus on when creating training material for your team.

Your content is what matters most. If it’s good, it will produce good results for you and your team.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve allowed a budgetary restriction or some other perceived lack, prevent me from communicating something truly valuable to our team. This restricts me from seeing the results that I want as a leader and prevents the team from growing the way it should.

You may already have what you need.

Chances are, you’re already sitting on a lot more training material than you may think. It could be in books on your bookshelf that you haven’t read in a while. It could be something that you’re already doing, which simply needs to be recorded and communicated.

Lastly, it could be a bit of vision that God has put in your heart that you simply need to share with your team. With a little bit of attention and planning, you can organize your materials and produce some outstanding curriculum. Trust me, your volunteers will thank you. 

Here are three tips that you can use to create successful training materials:

1. Communicate Value

When you’re creating training for your volunteers, it’s very important to let them know that you value them! John Maxwell says: “If you really want to know what kind of leader you are, try leading volunteers.” Part of being successful in leading volunteers comes in communicating to them that they matter. 

As leaders, we would be almost useless without the volunteers we have around us. It’s extremely important to let our teams know how much we value and care for them. Make sure that your curriculum communicates this clearly. 

2. Clearly Define Expectations

Something that I’ve witnessed over and over in church life is a volunteer who is thrust into an active role in the church with little to nothing communicated to them beforehand. This creates a large problem for the church and for the volunteer. A person – even a zealous person – who is uninformed and untrained can be a liability to the ministry. We need to be clearly defining expectations to our volunteers so that we are setting them up for success in the areas where they are giving of their time and resources. 

3. Make Training Actionable 

One of the things that you want your volunteers to do is to be able to immediately put into practice the things that they’re learning. The best lessons are the ones we can act on without having to jump through hoops first.

You want the training material that you create to empower and excite your team from the moment that they hear it. Cast vision. Communicate your expectations. If you give your team something that they can run with right away, chances are, they will. Training your team effectively is well within your reach as a leader. Don’t let budget, technical limitations or anything else keep you from communicating what God has put in your heart for your church and its volunteers. 

Grow your people and your people will grow your church.