Teaming up for the win

1 Corinthians 14:33

“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”

Everyone wants to be on a winning team and it’s no different in the church. Leaders help people win by setting them up for success. And that takes organizing, planning and most importantly, communicating on the part of the leader. It takes creating an environment that is “full of it.”

Every week on the platform, I see the results of a week’s worth of rehearsals by our worship team, and hours of coordination with our creative media team to make sure sets, lighting and sound are perfect. It’s the choreographing of a myriad of moving pieces between staff and volunteers. And the outcome is a rich experience, not just for the folks watching from the seats, but also for the people in front and behind the curtain.

That’s what creating an environment that is “full of it” looks like. It’s full of confident expectation. It’s full of fellowship. It’s full of memorable moments. And in the end, people are filled with the excitement, satisfaction and the wonder of doing Kingdom work together! 

Kingdom work takes planning and people, and there’s no better recruitment strategy than a well-organized ministry. And there is no better way to add value to your volunteer team than by keeping them informed, giving them the tools they need to do their jobs, and showing your appreciation. 

Not everyone on your team knows what you know. Let them experience the anticipation by showing them what’s on the horizon a month in advance. Let them know you value their time by touching base a week before. And then, remind them the day before what you expect, why they’re involved and how important they are to the win.

Next Steps

  1. Be organized, be prepared and put it in writing
  • Make sure people know what’s expected of them today, next week and a month from now.
  • Give them details: who, what, when and where, and then give them time to ask questions so they feel confident.
  1. Be sure they know you value them and their time
  • Plan weekly emails to reiterate expectations, but also to encourage and thank your team for their investment.
  • Use those opportunities to tell stories about your ministry that will make your team feel like they’re on the inside.

Team up with your team! Huddle up to make sure they know the plays. And be sure to celebrate when it’s all said and done. It’s all part of setting up our teams for the win. And everyone wants to be part of a winning team.