We live in a digital world. Texting, IMing, Facebook DMs and Twitter’s tweets – it’s truly a whirlwind when it comes to communicating these days. Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve found that a personal touch still goes a long way, especially in this season of Coronavirus when we can’t gather in-person.
Everybody loves to receive a hand-written note thanking them for their service on your team. Your volunteers and team members haven’t seen you in nearly 3 months. Take the time to write out Thank You notes to each and every one of them. If you have the budget, include a gift card in the note to them. Sometimes I did Chili’s gift cards for $25. Sometimes I could only do a $10 or $5 Starbucks card. Maybe you can do a DoorDash gift card since so many people are having food delivered to their homes. Whatever your budget can do – make it happen.
Another thing that goes a long way in this digital world is phone calls. It seems we’ve lost the art of picking up the phone and checking on our team and seeing how they’re doing. I used to go through my team’s list of names and give them a call just to see how they were doing and if there was anything I could pray for them about. This went a long way! I’ve heard great stories of church staffs that are going through their database and calling families to check on them. This is excellent!
How long has it been since you wrote a note? How long since you called a team member? Let’s surprise our team and volunteers with kindness in this Covid 19 season.