In the following pages I will chronicle my step by step journey as a Church Planter
Seven ways to build a great team.

We all want to do something bigger and better than how we are currently doing them. In order for this to happen we have to not just build a team … we have to build a great team. In this blog I will give you seven things you need to do in order to build a great team.

Stop being the hero.

People sign on to be a part of a team because THEY want to be needed, they want to be significant, they want to be the hero. If you are the hero – that means they cannot be and if they cannot be the hero, they won’t be on your team for long. Stop being the hero of your ministry or organization. Let someone else lead the worship team, allow someone else to plan all the outings, train up another leader to run your media ministry, website or outreach organizations. Take off the cape and let someone else be the superman of their department or area.

Define your needs.

People cannot do a job with excellence if they are not clear on what the job actually is. Clearly define what your needs and expectations are of the department they are serving in.

Recruit Reflexively.

By reflexive I mean, that it happens automatically, without you having to do a bunch of extra work to get it done. Here are some questions you need to answer when it comes to recruiting. How do people hear about our ministry or organization? What time of the year is best to do a recruiting push? How do they sign up to be a part? Will we do big corporate pushes, small grass roots pushes or both? What do this pushes look like? What is the step by step process the potential volunteer or worker needs to take in order to join the team? Who do I currently have on my team to run this recruiting process for me?

Train Thoroughly.

What general information does each of your team members need to know about your ministry or organization? What detailed information does each of your team members need to know about the department they are serving in? Get both of these pieces of information into your workers hands early on in their journey as one of your team members.

Equip Properly.

Remember people joined your ministry / organization because they want to be the hero, they want to do their job well. There is no way people do their job with excellence, if they do not have access to the tools they need to be successful. It is your job as a leader to make sure that each of your team members are equipped with all the information, inspiration, tools and toys that are needed to do their job effectively. If you do not equip them properly they will quickly become frustrated and quit the team.

Release Slowly.

As the leader be sure that you delegate opportunities not dump work on your team members. In order to properly delegate to someone you need to slowly release the ministry / job to them. Here is step by step guide on how to slowly release responsibility to your team members.

I DO – I actually lead the group for a season to get the hang of what works and doesn’t work. While I am leading the person I am going to delegate to watches me and learns the system.

WE DO – After getting the hang of what is expected from them, we do the ministry together. Sharing responsibility and slowly moving them to a place of authority in the ministry team.

YOU DO AND I WATCH – After sharing responsibility, I then let them lead or do the work on their own, afterward I take some time to critique them. Telling them what they did good and what they could do a little better.

YOU DO – Now they are ready to do the work completely on their own. Depending on the job or ministry they are serving in this four step process can take as short as a day and as long as several months. The important thing is to slowly release them to succeed in what you are asking them to do.

Reward Often

The people on your team want to know they are not only making a difference they want to know that their time and efforts are appreciated. So reward them with thank you’s, hand written cards, a gift card to their favorite restaurant, or a big banquet once or twice per year. How to do it is completely up to you but make sure to reward your team members for all they do for you.