Team building is important for ministry. Explore ideas for how to go about team building, for avoiding pitfalls, and for making the most of your team-building efforts.
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Guest: Rev. Jeff Cloeter is an author and a parish pastor in St. Louis, Missouri. He’s a sixth-generation pastor whose ministry has also included camps, youth ministry, and church planting.
Introduction: Team building is important for ministry. Explore ideas for how to go about team building, for avoiding pitfalls, and for making the most of your team-building efforts.
- Attend to the culture and emotions; culture trumps plans every day
- The church is a family—a community—more than a business
- The goal of team building is TRUST!
- When might you want to do team building?
- Staff transitions
- Any team or committee within your church
- Must have trust!
- Who should lead the team building?
- Whoever leads, that person must own it: this is not a waste of time
- Team building means caring about the person, not just the tasks
- Could bring in someone else to lead or to assist—use that person’s strengths
- Tried-and-true successful team-building ideas
- List of questions to answer
- Meals or parties
- Activities and outings
- Trips (bonus: travel time)
- Tips and cautions
- Be sure all can participate in chosen activities
- Embody the values you’re promoting
- Show grace
- Care more about the individual than the job