Thursday, May 04, 2006

Building the Church by Building Your Team

Today's Topic: Team Building

OK, I'll admit it: I'm spoiled rotten.

I don't live in the world of your average church tech person. I get to use a bunch of really cool equipment. I work with some of the most godly and creative pastors as well as more than 140 of the very best volunteers in the entire world. And on top of that, I get paid. I'm pretty far from the normal church tech leader's experience.

If those of us in large churches are honest, we have it pretty easy. With dozens of volunteers and even other paid staff at our sides, we really are blessed men and women. With all of these resources, it may seem overly easy for me to encourage others to "team build." I've already got teams.

However, I think building teams is more than just having numbers on a team roster.

What does it really mean to build a team for the church anyway?

Romans 12: 4 says,
"For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them."
Here we see a direct command from God: use your gifts. Notice also the context of the command. God has your church community clearly in view. God wants us to work together with our varied gifts and varied grace to serve one another and the world that looks in on our lives.

That's what I mean by "team building." Team building is really church building. It is something greater than team growth. It means making your service team a significant part of your church's community. Your technical or media team should be a group where people's relationships with Jesus Christ affect one another as well as the others they are serving.

Church building is harder than team growth. Team growth calls for a recruiter. Church building requires God. Only God can turn doers into servants. Only God can cause fellowship to occur in the midst of a busy schedule. Only God can convict people of sin while serving. Only God can help people resemble and represent his Son.

Let's pray that God helps us to build our churches, not just our rosters. If you, with God's help, build your team with community as one of your goals, I bet you will find others will want to join you in your endeavors for the gospel. Then you are not just building a support staff. You are building the church, and you are glorifying God.
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