There's actually another "a" word that is a perquisite: align. Here's how the authors of "Onboarding" define the key processes listed above.
- Align - make sure your organization agrees on the need for a new team member and the delineating of the role you seek to fill
- Acquire - identify, recruit, select, and get people to join the team
- Accommodate - give new team members the tools they need to do the work
- Assimilate - help them join with others so they can do the work together
- Accelerate - help them and their team deliver better results faster
Now that's a list of "straight As" I will take anytime!
Though this list comes from a business book, and I'm currently making this application in my department at work, I think there are great correlations for ChurchWorld as well.
For example, if your church values your volunteer team members, then they would make sure something like the process above is a part of your volunteer leader development program. The role of bringing new volunteer leaders onboard shouldn't be an afterthought.
My church considers my role (as a leader on the guest services team at one of our campus locations) to be a volunteer staff position. I may not receive a paycheck, but the importance of my role in the total scheme of what we do is not diminished one bit.
What's it like at your church?