Team Development: It Must Start With Recruiting, Assembling

Make sure you communicate to your team that the changes you plan on implementing are to keep and attract people to the team, not to kick members off of it.

Team Development: It Must Start With Recruiting, Assembling
Mention the standards at every rehearsal, before every worship service they’ll serve, in every email. Send the standards to your pastors, your leadership and assistants. Place the standards in your office. Pin it to a bulletin board. Put it on your webpage, your church announcements – everywhere!
Team Development: It Must Start With Recruiting, Assembling
Mention the standards at every rehearsal, before every worship service they’ll serve, in every email. Send the standards to your pastors, your leadership and assistants. Place the standards in your office. Pin it to a bulletin board. Put it on your webpage, your church announcements – everywhere!

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Team Assemble-ment … I know that’s not a word, but I wanted to start the conversation here playing off this made up phrase at the start of the article.

The reason why I wanted to start there, is because you cannot have “development” before you have assembled a team. And you don’t have a team, until you have assembled the right team.

Before you take the bus of people on the journey, get the right people on the bus first!

It’s playoff time now in this country as it relates to football, or the NFL. There are 32 teams in the NFL; I think even Cleveland has a team (sorry … low hanging fruit there).

Only one of the 32 teams in the NFL is the New England Patriots, no matter how much that may delight or disgust some of us. It’s not enough just to have a team, but you have to have assembled the right players on the team if you want to be successful down the road.

This article, though, is not to solely focus on how to assemble a team. Therefore, while that aspect is important to discuss, I will breeze through these points rather quickly and assume you have a team that resembles something close to this:
• Teammates put the mission goal above personal achievement
• Each member of the team is put in their proper position to execute their tasks
    o Don’t ask a cat to bark or a mule to fly. The effort might be there, but their skill set will not accomplish the goal
• The team values the privilege in doing the work
    o The mission is not grateful for you, you are grateful to work on the mission
• Humility and respect are character traits of each member
• Service and/or serving others informs just about every decision made by every member of the team every day

Remember what we all learned from Jim Collins’ seminal text, “Good to Great”: before you take the bus of people on the journey, get the right people on the bus first!

Team Development Step One: Write the Vision

People perish where there’s a lack of vision, (Proverbs 29:18).

Before you tell that guitar player he’s playing too many notes – (don’t they all?) – and before you have to tell the pastor his granddaughter consistently sings off key – (yikes!) – you have to seek God to have Him speak what He would have you do in this current season of your ministry.

It doesn’t have to be a revelatory burning bush outside your apartment, but it does have to be rooted in what God wants for the ministry.

This provides great cover!


More About Eric Byrd
Eric Byrd has served as Minister of Music or as a Music Worship Leader for over 20 years. He has been on staff at St John Baptist Church since October 2010, overseeing seven choirs, five praise team configurations, many musicians, worship technology, dance and drama teams; he leads over 125 staff and volunteers.
Get in Touch: eric@ericbyrd.com    More by Eric Byrd

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