Virtual Volunteer Coaching

Virtual Volunteer Coaching
October 27, 2016 Bob D'Ambrosio

Is getting time with your volunteers challenging? Have you considered doing a virtual touch base rather than requiring a face-to-face meeting?

On-site meetings often require child care, coordination around meals, room preparation, and more. A virtual meeting, though, requires only coordination of time–and a click. Using video conferencing technology like or Google Hangouts allows you to meet, interact with, and coach your volunteers from wherever you might be to wherever they might be.

In my experience, video conferencing maintains the personal touch while also minimizing the complications of coordination and various time commitments. As you coordinate these meetings remember: they don’t need to be long. A simple touch base to review the past Sunday’s experience and talk through the coming weekend is usually enough.

Give virtual coaching a try this week and see how your volunteers respond.


[Excerpted from Children’s Ministry Magazine, September/October 2016 issue.]

Bob D’Ambrosio is a 25-year veteran of frontline church ministry and now serves with Group’s content solutions team. He’s a trainer for volunteer equipping, a Refresh the Church blogger, and a ministry coach for Group U. Bob is a contributing author and general editor of the E4:12 Bible Study Series Better Together: Connecting to God and Others and Leading Out: Connecting People to Purpose.


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