In his book “Good to Great,” Jim Collins made an interesting observation in the successful companies that went from being good companies to being great companies.
“The people we interviewed from the good-to-great companies clearly loved what they did, largely because they loved who they did it with.”
Completing a task is one thing, but doing it alongside of people that you love is completely different. In other words, culture matters in the workplace. One of the great blessings that God has given us here at The Summit Church in our Student Ministry is a great team that love doing ministry alongside one another. The trenches are tough, but when you’re in them with a band of brothers, the trenches become much easier. Here are three suggestions on building a great team of people to do ministry with:
- Don’t Cut Fun: So often we get so caught up in the ‘business as usual’ approach to our jobs that we often neglect having fun with our staff. Do all of your times together revolve around meetings? Does your team have a chance to simply enjoy being around one another without the threat of another task coming to them? Easy tip: Go to breakfast with your team without an agenda.
- Pray Specifically: Ask your staff team how you can pray specifically for them and their family…and then do it. A great leader serves their team best on their knees.
- Encourage: Spur your staff on with words that build them up and towards the Kingdom of God rather than with words that destroy. When we encourage, we impart courage to one another. True courage comes from the gospel, so don’t be afraid to speak gospel truth over your staff. Remind them of areas throughout the week that they have displayed Christ in the way they’ve interacted with others, served others, etc.. Point them to Christ!