A Christian ministry team is a manageable group of diversely gifted people who hold one another accountable to serve joyfully together for the glory of God by:

  • Sharing a common mission
  • Embodying the loving message of Christ
  • Accomplishing a meaningful ministry
  • Anticipating transformative results

Thus teaming is the cooperative and coordinated effort of a group of persons acting together for a common cause.

Prerequisites for Team Ministry:

To build an effective team ministry, the pastor and board need to understand the foundation for mutual cooperation.  They need to recognize that in order to develop teamwork, they must build upon the right relationship.

1. Effective teams build upon a biblical theology of team ministry.  Working together as a team is not the latest management fad, but springs from the heart of the biblical concept of leadership within the church.

2. Effective teams understand the nature of leadership within the small church.  They realize that leadership is not vested by position but by relationships. 

3. Effective teams understand the importance of mutual submission.  Paul commends all believers to submit to one another (Eph. 5:21). 

4. Effective teams understand the importance of mutual trust.  The hallmark of love is continual trust in the other person (1 Cor. 13:7).  Just as God has entrusted the leadership of the church to selected individuals (1 Cor. 4:2), so also we must learn to trust one another. 

5. Effective teams love the church. Effective leaders love the church.  They are motivated to service, not to get more recognition or influence, but because of their passion to see the church become all God designed her to be.

6. Effective teams are built upon spiritual maturity.  Paul, in addressing the qualifications of leadership, places the emphasis upon spiritual maturity (1 Timothy 3:17; Titus 1:5-9).

Conclusion:

Healthy churches operate with a team. Establishing effective ministry teams involves much more than adding a new program or changing the names of existing committees. Team ministry is ownership and self-initiated vision in which members carry out plans they themselves have conceived or have had a part in conceptualizing.

There is a further distinction between teams in the marketplace and teams in the church. Our convictions about humility and brokenness come from God, not popular psychology. The study of God’s Word and prayer, not management theory books, create the passion for team ministry and prompt our desires to yield to his will. It’s God who is the instigator and sustainer of healthy functional team relationships.

 

Blessings

 

Pastor Mark
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