Team Leader Resources
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe--and shudder.
-James 2:17-19 (NRSV)
Thank you for your leadership involvement in Outreach Teams! We aim to illustrate our faith through action and "live the conversation" that is discussed as believers of Christ. Your leadership is an opportunity to faciliate reflection on service and spiritual formation among your peers.
Best Practices in Service-Learning
- Openness: In going into a service-learning experience, it is necessary to be open to experiencing things in a new way. We don’t have all the answers, we are all learners. Model this as you volunteer: be open to new experiences and perspectives. Respect the people you meet.
- Reciprocity: Healthy relationships require reciprocity. Service is the same way; it should be mutual, not paternalistic. We’re not the saviors helping the needy, we are students who are learning from others and gaining much experience.
- Consistency: Our community partners depend on volunteers to run their programs. When we don’t show up with little or no warning, they have a difficult time picking up the pieces. In a culture that sees time spent as an indicator of commitment and trust, beware of how your involvement or lack of involvement is communicated to those you’re serving with.
- Reflection: This is one of the most essential pieces of service-learning. Reflecting on our experiences helps us to solidify it, to take it back with you, it also allows other voices into your own worldview. In short, reflection is a way to understand ourselves, God, and world more in-depth.