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Team Building Components

Reverend Russel St. Bernard standing against a wall

As I shared in part one of this series, building a team allows you to do more while doing less. It also allows you to get others involved and use their gifts that would otherwise sit idle. It is also essential to recognize some of the components of building a team.

Building Focus

As you build your team, a key component must be the focus. Each team should know what the “win” is for their area. The greeters or parking lot team have a different “win” than the worship team or the kid’s team. It is always helpful to identify with these teams what their “win” will be and create an environment for this win. Knowing the “win” allows them to stay on target, and it helps the overall organization not to do double work. When every area has its focus and/or target, they can execute in a more meaningful way and be more productive. Furthermore, when each team focuses, it allows you to equip that area with the correct people and resources to accomplish the goal.

Building Unity

Unity across teams is also a key component for team building. Each team should understand that they are part of the whole, and no one team or one person is better than anyone else. This is important because it is true; without any part of the team, the whole would not be operating correctly. While the worship team is important, worship would feel different if the sound and light team isn’t there. If the parking lot team isn’t there and in place, the mood of those in the congregation could be different. If the maintenance team isn’t in place, the building and spaces could be out of order. At the end of the day, it is crucial for everyone to know and be trained that each area depends on the other to achieve the overall “win.”

Building Expectation

After you do all of the training and the instructing from team to team and across teams, you need to allow everyone to give it over to the Lord. There should be a level of expectation on God to do what we can not do. I have heard this saying before, and I agree. “We need to prepare as if our work can make a difference but trust that only God can move it forward.” In every area, the expectation for God to do something that truly “eyes haven’t seen and ears haven’t heard” is the critical component to a strong and growing team.

Encourage your team to dream together, vision together, and expect from God together that lives will be changed and souls will be saved, in Jesus’ Name Amen.

About the Author

Reverend Russell St. Bernard

Russell St. Bernard is the director for ministry operations at Kingdom Fellowship AME Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, and the founder of After the Music Stops, a full-service youth ministry company as well as founder of Ministry Pivot, a company dedicated to assisting leaders and churches seize opportunities for growth.

Russell St. Bernard

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