“Whether you’re planting a new church, re-orienting an established church, or guiding a movement, The Missional Journey is not just a book to read– it’s a book to work through and process with your team.” — Ed Stetzer, LifeWay Research
If you want to start working through The Missional Journey with your team, we can help you do that. I’ve started to get invitations to come in and cast vision for getting churches involved in incarnational missional ministry, as well as requests for help with implementation. How can we serve you? Through speaking, training, strategic planning, coaching?
It’s interesting that after the time when the Apostle Paul found himself in Athens all alone, we start seeing a much greater emphasis on team-based ministry. I suspect that Paul learned some things about the value of a team during his time in Athens. Teams encourage one another, support one another, keep on going when you can’t, AND they provide the optimal environment for developing people.
Almost always, when volunteer-based ministries are formed, we say to the Lord, “We’ll take anyone you bring us.” Then whoever shows up is automatically a part of the team. At that point, we stop searching for new team members and start using whoever we’ve got to try to make our plan work.
There is a different process, which is substantially different than the one above. It’s more intentional and more selective. There may be times when someone shows up or expresses an interest in your ministry team and you need to say, essentially, thanks but no thanks.
Relational health and harmony is extremely important when working with teams. To create and maintain that quality on your team, one of the most important skills you can learn—and teach—is to listen well. If you can learn that, then you can model good listening skills for your team and help them use that skill with one another.
James, the brother of Jesus, gives us the golden rule of communication: “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”