By Gail Marsh
Co-workers. What thoughts come to your mind when you hear that word? Do you imagine highly energized people, excitedly working together with a single goal in mind? Or, do you envision overworked and exhausted folks, fighting hard to get everything done? Perhaps you think about the people on your team and wish that you could all be on the same page - just once!
Teamwork is not always easy. Teamwork in ministry is even harder. That’s because the devil doesn’t want you to succeed. Satan continually sows seeds of distrust and steadily cultivates jealousy, discontentment, and discouragement in your team. It’s time to fight back! It’s time to recognize that perhaps the “team” in team ministry could use some work! After all, a united team is a more powerful and productive team. Considering that your work in ministry literally means eternal life or death for those you serve, your ministry team must function at its very best!
Here are some suggestions for ways to renew harmony and success within your ministry team:
- First, make sure your ministry goal is the focus of everyone. Every person! From the janitorial staff to the lead pastor to the Sunday nursery volunteer, everyone needs to know and understand your church’s mission. Every worker and volunteer must know and support your common goal.
- Secondly, each person in your church team needs to know his or her role in supporting your common goal. Clearly define what needs to be done and who will do it. Revisit these responsibilities often as your ministry grows, and make adjustments, as needed.
- Talk together! Collaborate on as many projects as possible. “Two heads are better than one,” the saying goes, and three or more heads working together will demonstrate that you value team members and their ideas.
- Spend time together - outside of meetings! Whether it’s a daily devotional time, a monthly staff social, or a scheduled retreat, being together means knowing one another better. When you know someone a bit better, it’s easier to empathize and care for one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
CTA wants to help your ministry team become stronger and more united as you work together to proclaim the good news of Jesus. Check out the new lineup of resources in One Purpose. You’ll find a retreat guide that will help you plan an enjoyable and productive retreat for your staff members and volunteers. This theme also includes supplemental gifts that will encourage team members as they focus on sharing Christ each day. One Purpose gifts can help you show your appreciation for your partners in ministry, too, while emphasizing the unity you share together.
At CTA we’re praying that these resources can positively impact your church by helping you work together as a cohesive team. A team that’s serving together and liking it. Really liking it!
What teambuilding activities are you planning for this spring?
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