Van Metschke: Best Practices to Building Rock Star Teams
As I move through my career both in tech and ministry, I have found the most joy when mentoring and apprenticing.
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Team Management ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, September-October 2017
The September-October 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Granger Community Church, and their recent install of a Lawo audio mixing console system.
Having built and cultivated both staff and volunteer teams for many years, I am asked frequently what I think are some best practices for building rock star teams. Here are four that come to mind right away:
1) Learn your people’s Love Language.
By this I mean that you understand what truly makes each of them feel valued. Caring for those entrusted to you by caring for them the way you want to be cared for, is not very productive, or very Christ like.
Jesus cared for everyone he came in contact with differently based on their needs, especially the Apostles (the 12 he spent the most time with).
My experience is that when people feel truly valued, even when you have to be tough with them, they will be more willing to sacrifice and buy into the cause. They will also be much more productive, because the work you are having them do is not a “Wild Goose Chase,” but something you believe in, much like you believe in them.
2) Chose wisely and make long-term investments.
There is so much going around these days about “mentoring” and “apprenticing.” Both are things I have done for years and believe in strongly. But, I only mentor a small group and I apprentice an even smaller group.
I have a small tribe of young leaders that I mentor, meeting with them for Starbucks or lunch and walk through things that are on their mind, doing a lot of listening, praying, and just being with them.
Then there are only two that I apprentice and who have been hand picked, knowing that I will make a long-term investment in them. Apprenticing, at least in the tech world, takes time, a lot of time. But I feel that I have made good choices and that the two young men I am apprenticing at the moment are well worth the effort.
I am working myself out of a job by apprenticing, and my apprentices make the journey well worth it.
As I move through my career both in tech and ministry, I have found the most joy when mentoring and apprenticing. I think you might find that as well.
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
The November-December 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a review of the 49 New Product Award entries this year, as well as those entries up for Solomon Awards in 2017.