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.

Van Metschke: Best Practices to Building Rock Star Teams
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.
Van Metschke: Best Practices to Building Rock Star Teams
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.

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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.


More About Van Metschke
Van is the Church Relations guy at CCI Solutions located in Olympia, Wash. He is co-host of the Church Tech Weekly podcast. Van spent almost two decades on church technical staff and has accrued almost more than 30 years experience in live production and system integration. He can be found on Twitter @thesoundbooth and can be reached by email at van@churchtecharts.org.
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