You've probably heard the phrase, "teamwork makes the dream work." It's kind of corny and cliche, but hey, it works. The problem, though, is that teamwork doesn't happen over night. Building and maintain a great team is hard work. It requires patience, sacrifice, and grace. This two part post will talk about building a great team and give some practical tips along the way.
If you're only investing in your team during the weekends and everything is centered around your Sunday services, you're already behind. "The battle of the weekend is won during the week." (Pastor Tommy Barnett). Church doesn't just happen on Sunday, it happens every single day, and you need to equip your team to be able to handle that.
A lamp doesn't turn on until you connect it to the power supply. Similarly, a team member won't connect to the team until you connect to them as individuals. Invest in their personal lives, take them to dinner, ask about their day, spend time connecting with people before you expect them to connect with your team and your ministry.
Find Your Place in the Story
Every person and ministry has a unique place in God's story. Sometimes, that place is as clear as mud. As leaders, we must work to bring clarity to our teams and team members. First, though, we must know what that story looks like, and that only comes from asking God for guidance. Once we get clarity from God, it's vital that we pass that on to our team. Explain your heart to your team. What's your vision for your ministry? Great teams rally behind great visions.
Some Practical Applications
Here are 8 ways as leaders that we can change our perspective and build a great team.
- View everyone's ideas as valuable
- Remain calm under pressure
- Set ground rules for your team, and stick to those rules
- Frequently brainstorm and ask your team for ideas
- Pray for and with your team
- Establish team goals
- Celebrate "wins" with your team, even the little wins
- Empower others on the team to make decisions
Check back next week for part two.