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You are NOT supposed to do it all. In this podcast interview with Bill Emeott we will discuss and consider eight ways to develop and work with a ministry team. We will look at ways to create a shared team culture of ministry.

WHY USE A TEAM?   What does the Bible say?

  • Proverbs 11:14 – Without guidance, people fall, but with many COUNSELORS there is deliverance.
  • Proverbs 15:22 – Plans fail when there is no counsel. But with MANY advisers they succeed.
  • Proverbs 24:5-6 – A wise warrior is better than a strong one, and a man of knowledge than one of strength; for you should wage war with sound guidance – victory come with MANY counselors.
  1. Determine the Purpose of the Team:
  • Ask yourself, “Why do we need THIS team?”
  • What will be the purpose for this team?
  • Types of Teams:
    • Long Term Guidance/Leadership: Offers consistent opinion and counsel. Assist the ministry leader in carrying out the overall vision for the ministry.
      • Kids Ministry Team
      • Preschool Ministry Team
    • Short Term Projects/Activities
    • Program oriented Teams
  • Make sure your team operates within the scope of the vision/mission of the ministry and the church.
  1. Gather the Right Team:
  • God is more concerned with our success than we are, PRAY.
  • Consider different personalities of those invited to be on your team
  • Figure out how all the members fit together. (Ephesians 4:16 “The BODY…”fitted and knit together…by the proper working of each individual part.”)
  1. Commit to the Team:
  • This is about… “Looking beyond the task at hand and making a more thoughtful, deeper commitment to those on the team.”
  • Be concerned for and acknowledge the whole person not just the team member (Mental, Physical, Spiritual, Social, Emotional)
  • Ask, “How can this person best serve the team?” (Talents/Giftedness)
  • THEN ask yourself, “How can I best serve this person?”
  • Pray for your team members. Ask for spiritual insights into their needs
  • Make the team your priority and make sure they can tell the team is your priority
  1. Cast a Vision for the Team:
  • Share the vision/mission/passion
  • Clearly define the purpose
  • Work together to create the goals
  • Motivate
  • Philosophy/Vision/Goals/Programming
  1. Equip and facilitate the Team:
  • Provide specific training for specific understanding
  • Take a “always wanting to learn – always wanting to improve” posture about the work, the team, and YOURSELF.
  • Lead by example: Walk the Walk
  1. Empower the Team:
  • Give things away to your team members
  • Encourage/Nurture various team members’ giftedness and skillsets
  • Resist the “I’ll just do it myself” mentality
  • Trust your Team
  1. Recognize the Team:
  • Show appreciation
  • Don’t take the credit for the team
  • Recognize unique contributions
  • Give private recognition
  • Plan for public recognition
  1. Don’t Kill the Team:
  • Failure to do #1-6
  • Inflexibility
  • Docility (passive/indecisive)
  • Fail to evaluate
  • Fail to seek opinions

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