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10 Things To Remember When Building A Ministry Team


1. Leaders need to be good in and under authority.

A church leadership team should model the humility found within the Trinity, where we find both equality and submission among the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. For church leadership, that means everyone must submit to Jesus and some form of human leadership as well. Nobody should wield absolute, unquestionable authority.

2. Everyone gains and gives up something to be a part of a great team.

Humility requires sacrifice. For leaders, this may be control (giving up a seat at the decision table), salary (leaving the corporate world to serve the church), information (not everyone can be at the center of all communication), or an impressive title.

3. Distinguish between a movement-focused, flock-focused, and sheep-focused leader.

Some leaders are great in a one-on-one context, others do well leading an entire congregation, and a few are built to oversee multiple churches, ministries, or networks. A great counselor may not make a great church-planter.
“Your value and worth must come from Jesus, and your strength must come from the Holy Spirit—not a personality quiz or leadership test.”

4. Find your identity in Jesus and not your leadership style.

Whatever you scored on the DISC, EAS, or Myers-Briggs, your value and worth must come from Jesus, and your strength must come from the Holy Spirit—not a personality quiz or leadership test.

5. Don’t pigeonhole leaders, but do take strengths and weaknesses seriously.

6. Build your communication strategy to suit different personalities within your church.

7. Think one to three stages ahead.

8. Providing jobs for people is not the primary mission of the church.

9. Ensure flexible structures that allow for ebb and flow.

10. Honor Jesus’ authority in your church as the Senior Pastor.

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