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Team Building

Team Building

Team Building

One of the first actions that Jesus took when He began His public ministry was to call together a team. He knew that fulfilling the mission that the Father gave Him included bringing others together as a team. This team assisted Him throughout His earthly ministry and was entrusted to carry it forward after He departed. I would say they were successful, how about you?

Building a team is essential for any minister who desires to have an impact on their community. Ministers who are planting Team-Building-for-ministersnew churches, opening outreach centers, establishing pastoral counseling centers or working as chaplains need to be skilled at team building. None of us should fall into the trap of thinking that we can go it alone.

A good team surrounds us with skills and abilities that we may not have or have enough of. They assist in reaching the vision that God has placed on our hearts, but they also need us to invest into their lives. Building a team is never a one way transaction. A healthy team is developed with intention and effort.

Team members need not be ordained ministers, but they should have skills and abilities that can help accomplish the goals at hand.

This month’s conference call is on the subject of team building. We will look at who should be on your team and why. We will develop an action plan to start the team building process.

Give some thought to who is on your team, what they bring to the table and how you are ministering to them in return.

Watch for the email containing the call details.

Chat with you soon,

Dr. David M. Smuin
 President
 NCCChurch.org
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Pastor Dave Smuin on Monday, 23 September 2013 21:41

Yes. I once read a book called "What a Difference a Team Makes." It's true. When I was first starting in missionary work, I felt that the way to accomplish more was to work harder & longer. Now, I'm not saying anyone should slough off, but the larger the ministry gets, the more I realize how much is due to teamwork. God made the whole universe to work together. Plants take in carbon dioxide & give off oxygen. Animals do the opposite. Plants & animals need one another. Men & women need one another. Believers need one another, hence differing gifts. Ministers need teams, too. God must like it a lot, since He made everything to work that way.

Yes. I once read a book called "What a Difference a Team Makes." It's true. When I was first starting in missionary work, I felt that the way to accomplish more was to work harder & longer. Now, I'm not saying anyone should slough off, but the larger the ministry gets, the more I realize how much is due to teamwork. God made the whole universe to work together. Plants take in carbon dioxide & give off oxygen. Animals do the opposite. Plants & animals need one another. Men & women need one another. Believers need one another, hence differing gifts. Ministers need teams, too. God must like it a lot, since He made everything to work that way.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:04

I really enjoyed the conference call on this topic last week. Afterwards I thought about the need for mentors on our team who pour into us and how that also exposes a deep need for those in minstry to have a prayer support base. In the book Prayer Shield: How To Intercede for Pastors, Christian Leaders and Others On the Spiritual Frontlines it discusses how God will bring those people to us much in the same way Dr. Dave shared that our minstries grow.......in a way that is natural and a lot less complicated than we think. It is important as we build our ministry team that we ask God to bring us those who will bathe our ministry and our personal lives in prayer to give us a firm God centered foundation to begin reaching out to those who need Christ. We will have those who may pray for our ministry in a general way, those who follow the more specific needs for prayer, and finally those who we can draw from in times of crises or fatigue and get real with in our own weaknesses who will pray from a place of a personal calling to intercede in real time for the daily workings of our calling. My spouse serves in ministry of a church with a large staff and I can see that this is an area of need for many in the ministry. There is a great need for intercessors who are committed to pray faithfully for years for those serving in ministry. The Bible tells us where our battle is fought and the ministry of intercessors is a powerful force on behalf of those who serve to defeat the enemy.

I really enjoyed the conference call on this topic last week. Afterwards I thought about the need for mentors on our team who pour into us and how that also exposes a deep need for those in minstry to have a prayer support base. In the book Prayer Shield: How To Intercede for Pastors, Christian Leaders and Others On the Spiritual Frontlines it discusses how God will bring those people to us much in the same way Dr. Dave shared that our minstries grow.......in a way that is natural and a lot less complicated than we think. It is important as we build our ministry team that we ask God to bring us those who will bathe our ministry and our personal lives in prayer to give us a firm God centered foundation to begin reaching out to those who need Christ. We will have those who may pray for our ministry in a general way, those who follow the more specific needs for prayer, and finally those who we can draw from in times of crises or fatigue and get real with in our own weaknesses who will pray from a place of a personal calling to intercede in real time for the daily workings of our calling. My spouse serves in ministry of a church with a large staff and I can see that this is an area of need for many in the ministry. There is a great need for intercessors who are committed to pray faithfully for years for those serving in ministry. The Bible tells us where our battle is fought and the ministry of intercessors is a powerful force on behalf of those who serve to defeat the enemy.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Friday, 28 June 2013 11:33

Thank you for the info on the conference call last night. I did miss the fifth point on the Vision presentation. could you please repeat that fifth point? thank you

Thank you for the info on the conference call last night. I did miss the fifth point on the Vision presentation. could you please repeat that fifth point? thank you
Pastor Dave Smuin on Saturday, 22 June 2013 19:56

This is very helpful. I am a Sanguine Compulsive and I don't like the thought of working alone. I think one of the blocks to establishing a ministry has been that I saw myself doing things alone.
This have sparked some ideas and names of people that I could pull together for a team. Thanks for this blog!

This is very helpful. I am a Sanguine Compulsive and I don't like the thought of working alone. I think one of the blocks to establishing a ministry has been that I saw myself doing things alone. This have sparked some ideas and names of people that I could pull together for a team. Thanks for this blog!
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