"Talent wins the games, but teamwork and intelligence wins
Ministry is not only lonely alone, but will not produce the same kind of results. If you want to develop your ministry to be all that it could be, you must build a solid team. Once you have the dream team in place, it's your job to keep them there! How is this done?
1. Have fun. One of the reasons people join volunteer ministry is because they want to become a part of a group. Create opportunities and experiences for your group to play together. This is one of the areas in ministry that, if you're not careful, will fall from your radar all together. After all, play time can wait. But it can't. When your volunteers are gratified and experience true commrodory, they will be more inclined to stick around.
**Plan bi annual outings for the entire Kidmin team. Host an "Amazing Race" party for them, a fun cookout, or an evening at Pizza Hut.
**Plan a holiday time thank you banquet with fun, food, and a brief challenge to unite them for the coming year. Decorate the tables with pics. of volunteers doing fun things with kids from the past year. They will enjoy talking about and celebrating all of the victories over the past year.
**Do something silly on a Sunday morning (Wednesday night) as volunteers arrive. Give them a fun five minute challenge and offer a prize to anyone who is able to complete the challenge.
2. Build unity and create team. Volunteers need to know that they are part of a bigger picture. That they are helping to accomplish the end result. Spend time developing them as leaders and you'll will achieve this.
*Defining the win. Help them know what the "win" looks like for your team. Put this in front of them often. Celebrate big when you reach small goals.
*Budget funds to attend a conference together. Host a retreat at a B & B with your entire team. Spend time training them, casting vision, and playing together. (to see how I could help you in this area follow this link www.imaginefamilyministries.com/training )
*Use things like ministry t-shirts, etc. to create a sense of team. To look around and see just how many others are part of the team creates a sense of cinergy.
*Include team members in planning/dreaming sessions. Allow them to offer input. Nothing says "I value you" like listening to someone else.
3. Intentionally develop them spiritually. Many times in ministry volunteers feel that they're not being fed. What can you do to see that this isn't the case in your ministry?
**Hold devotions before the Sunday morning service. Ask staff to arrive 15 min. earlier than you need them and gather the entire team together for a small time of worship and prayer.
**Don't be afraid to ask the question "How's your relationship with the Lord?" I know it's bold. But it really does say you care. (this is done after a relationship has been formed!)
**Ask team members "How can I pray for you this week?"
**Offer devotionals to your team free of charge. Then, shoot a text, Tweet, or email that day about the message in the devotional that you're all reading together. Allow them to weigh in and offer feedback.
"Talent wins the games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."--Michael Jordan
What other ways have you intentionally developed your dream team?