Innovative Ministry
Turn The Team You’re Stuck With Into The Team You Want (10 Steps For Church Leaders)
No one starts with the team they want. Teams aren’t born, they’re built.

In other words…

4. Make your work fit the team, not vice versa

If you have a great hockey team, you don’t ask them to play football.

If you have a church leadership team that’s strong on relationships, but weak on administration, don’t lock them in committee meetings about the church budget. Turn them loose in fellowship and evangelism!

5. Build relationships

There’s no faster track to appreciating the people you work with than getting to know and like one another.

Plus, once we get to know each other, we strengthen team morale, discover how our gifts fit together, and find solutions we could never have seen on our own.

6. Learn together

Everyone on your team is a work in progress. Including you, the leader.

If the team doesn’t know how to do something, it may be that they just don’t know it yet.

Never underestimate the power of a united team learning new skills together.

Never underestimate the power of a united team learning new skills together.

7. Distribute the workload based on cohorts

Jesus never sent anyone into ministry alone. Two-by-two was the smallest ministry unit.

This is also known as a cohort – a group of people who work together, support each other, catch each other’s mistakes and celebrate victories as a team.

8. Listen to their feedback

If the team thinks everything is headed in the wrong direction, they’re probably right.

When the people closest to a project, an event or a policy see an issue you can’t see, they need to know that their feedback in encouraged. If not, they won’t give it, and everyone will be poorer for it.

9. Regularly assess and adapt

Every project needs markers along the way. Whether they’re based on time-stamps, intermediate steps or something else, it’s always good to build assessment and adaptation into the process.

Too many times, big failures could have been prevented if the leader of the group had checked on people’s progress along the way instead of waiting until the end, when it’s usually too late.

But be careful. These assessments must always be done in the spirit of helpfulness and support. Otherwise, they don’t feel like an opportunity for encouragement, but a reason for criticism.

10. Celebrate small victories

One of the greatest ways to encourage a team is to throw a party when things go well.

Take small moments along the way to celebrate small victories.

And don’t wait until the end to do it. Take small moments along the way to celebrate small victories.

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July 01, 2019 at 2:00 AM

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