Volunteer Development – Serving Together

One of the greatest joys of the ministry I get to lead is that its success depends one hundred percent on a team building mentality. We have much less chance to succeed without this mind set, so from beginning to end, we focus on the idea that  serving together is better than serving alone.

Even when we serve as part of a team, we sometimes feel like we are serving alone. That is actually a very common feeling, and it is important as ministry leaders that we learn to recognize the signs and take actions to reverse the problem before it kills our ministry.

My ministry depends 100% on volunteer work. Yet many of those volunteers don’t serve together from one weekend to another. Given that reality, I had to create an environment where every weekend, regardless who was scheduled for a certain task, everyone involved would serve together as a team. And by team, I mean with a team building mentality.

Here are a few things I have learned in the last few years while directing a team of over 40 volunteers (and counting) who serve within the Programming Ministry every weekend:

  1. Team building is not a one-time event (1 Peter 4:8-10)

We commonly associate the term “team building” to an event or training session. But in a church world, I see team building as something that happens every time we are together. It never stops. So, every weekend, we are living that process of growing a team that grows closer together in a place where relationship matters. We don’t focus on the task as much as we focus on the why we do the task. Purpose comes ahead of the task.

  1. Team building also happens when things go wrong (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

If you work with stage, projection, lighting or video, you know that eventually things go wrong, and many times things are out of your control. That is the time when you can experience a real team environment. In times of crises, the best solutions come from a great team experience. When something goes wrong, it matters to know that you have a great team around you that will step up to help and support you.

  1. Team building is based on diversity (1 Corinthians 12:17-20)

Many time we associate a good team based on things the team has in common. But a real team brings diversity to the ministry. Different skills set, backgrounds, and gifts only add value and bring positive results. As a leader, I encourage my volunteers to share their ideas and participate in discussions that will lead the ministry into new directions and that will make the experience better. This level of contribution and participation allows them to have a clear understanding that they are a relevant part of the ministry.

As much as we need to have great strategies and processes in place, nothing is more important and powerful than serving with a great group of people who care for each other and understand the value of showing up every week knowing that what we do together honors God and will add eternal value to someone’s life.

Joelson "Joey" Santos has a vision for developing leaders and seeing the Body of Christ reach its full potential. That vision is rooted in godly heritage and born of a deep desire to pass on what God has given him through his experiences and by prayer and study.

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Volunteer Development – Serving Together

One of the greatest joys of the ministry I get to lead is that its success depends one hundred percent on a team building mentality. We have much less chance to succeed without this mind set, so from beginning to end, we focus on the idea that serving together is better than serving alone.

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