Who’s On Your Team?

***Start the video at the 33: 30-minute mark!***

I love this clip! And what I like most about what Bishop T.D Jake’s shares as the “basic instinct for preachers” is the concept of building a team. The ministry is too big and the work too vital for you to try and muscle success on your own shoulders. Churches today need successful administration, capable systems, and great teams to build the types of churches that will make a lasting impact on their communities, and on the lives of the people within them.

Who’s On Your TEAM?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re pastoring a church, heading a ministry, or leading a department – your effectiveness is only as great as the people you have on your team. Great leaders inspire their teams, and together they’re able to accomplish the improbable. Here are four things that (as a leader) you’ll need to consistently do to keep your team sharp, and help them grow within their positions:

Identify Talent

As a leader, the first thing that you need to get good at is identifying talent. You need to be able to “size up your bench” (aka look at the talent on your team) and figure out who should be doing what, based on their abilities and skillset, as well as their desires and passion.

Oftentimes there are people in positions within our church in which they’ve either outgrown or are no longer excited about. This lead to frustration – both within the leader, as well as within the people who are “improperly placed.” Likewise, some people want to get in the game, but need strong leaders capable of identifying talent, and helping them determine where they fit in,
You must be a leader excellent at identifying and directing talent.

Your Team is Your Lifeline.

Delegate Responsibility

Building a great team means being able to delegate responsibility and authority – and not just tasks. You must be able to give away managerial duties to other qualified team members, giving you the opportunity to focus on what you’re called to do. There are so many pastors and leaders today that simply “don’t trust” their team, and because of it, feel like they have to do everything. Or they’ll delegate simple tasks for other to do, but still, carry the enormous burden of having to be the “gatekeeper” for every decision that needs to be made.

Your team is your lifeline. It’s your team that gives you the time and freedom to focus on what only you can do. In order to lead your church higher and increase your growth, you must learn to act like a CEO instead of a supervisor.

Train Often

No one knows it all. And your team is only as helpful as the skills that they have and the training you give them. In our society today, things move and change rapidly, and what is relevant and cutting edge today, is out-of-date and ineffective tomorrow. Churbiz focuses on five major areas of church management: leadership, administration, finance, marketing, and technology – and every single one of those areas continues to change.

Invest in continual training for your team. Give them the skills and tools necessary to do their job and perform their role in excellence. You will see the return on this investment in the information and ideas that they bring, as well as the quality and thoroughness at which they implement those ideas and information, throughout the church.

Reward Openly

Never forget that even though staff member and volunteers do what they do because of their love for Christ – they’re still people, and people need to feel appreciated! This is the biggest thing that you can do to inspire and support your team. And while thanking your team in private is always in good fashion, rewarding them openly enforces a culture of togetherness and teamwork.

Try This: Call a special meeting of your team for no other reason than to express to each one of them in front of everyone else, how special they are, how much they contribute to the group, and how honored you are to be serving right beside them.

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There is nothing that you can’t accomplish by having the right team. Stop trying to be a one-man (or one-woman) church leadership team. This isn’t only stressful – it’s ineffective. It’s time for pastors to “stop fishing one at a time” and start using a net. Build your systems. Lead your church. Build your team.

Until Next Time – Keep Learning!

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