Team Development: Help Team To Grow, Move Ministry Forward

Lack of development is what keeps many churches 'stuck' technically and understaffed, so make sure to invest in people, which will pay dividends down the road.

Team Development: Help Team To Grow, Move Ministry Forward
In working on team development, can you budget for, or plead for, additional outside training for team members? Is there an online audio course that everyone can go through? Is there a conference, like WFX, that you can attend together?
Team Development: Help Team To Grow, Move Ministry Forward
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Developing a healthy and skilled production team in a church context is a long-term investment.

Ministry should always put people before projects.

Many churches are staffed with volunteers, maybe one of whom has been given the responsibility of leading the team. This can be tough with limited time and resources to grow people’s skills and knowledge in a short timeframe. 

If a church has paid production staff, often the “doing” of production tasks can overpower the developing of team members.

If you are in either scenario, team development needs to rise to the top of the priority list, to move the church forward in this area.

Our greatest asset isn’t the equipment we have, it’s the people we are blessed to serve with.

Ministry should always put people before projects.

Lack of development is what keeps many churches “stuck” technically and understaffed in this area. Investing in development will pay dividends down the road as you grow and want to integrate new ideas, equipment or styles. 

Here are some ideas that can help you begin to grow your team members, develop their skill sets and generally raise the level of excellence on your teams. 

1. Start with the “why”

If we just convince people to serve, give them some basic training and then stop there, we will both lose them quickly or burn them out over time.

Team members are so valuable! We must connect their actions to the bigger mission and vision of the church. Nobody wants to just be stuck “doing something” - they want to connect it to a bigger idea of the purpose behind the job. They need to know their work matters. 

Instead of just having someone to do the slides for worship - at your team huddle, remind them and all team members, that when they do the slides or sound or camera or switcher well, people can stay engaged in worship without distractions. When the slides aren’t correct on the screen, remind them that this may pull people’s attention away from worship and cause them to disengage.

Keeping the bigger picture in front of your teams is a constant tension, and you will have to remind them often! As the leader, you can inspire them towards excellence and growth.


More About Brian Wilson
As the Group and Men's Pastor at Calvary Community Church in Sumner, Wash., Brian has has worked in church and parachurch ministry for almost 20 years, having served as a creative director and production pastor at the church in the past. He has been involved in all areas of church ministry and writes and speaks about excellence in church ministry and healthy church leadership.
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