As ministry leaders, we should always be striving to grow our ministry teams closer to God and closer to one another. Doing this doesn’t just happen automatically. We must be intentional in our leadership and provide numerous opportunities to generate team building. Here are 3 ways you can build a stronger ministry team:

1. Pray together.

Prayer is the fuel behind a successful ministry. God commands us to look to Him for help in prayer (Philippians 4:6). This includes help in ministry. In a calling and vocation like ministry, we should understand even more that nothing we do can happen apart from God. When ministry teams pray together, they are coming together with a united purpose– seeing God’s power displayed in the lives of others through their ministry efforts.

2. Plan together.

While final decisions may be made by an individual, entire ministry teams should be involved in planning events, programs, or activities. Brainstorming ideas and giving opinions and insights can help the team gel closer together and play off of one another’s strengths. There’s a quote by an unknown author that says, “Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we.” This must be the primary focus when it comes to planning. 

3. Play together.

John Cleese, well-known actor from Monty Python, has said, “If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.” This is so true. We all need an outlet to be able to decompress and relax. The demands of ministry can be taxing on anyone. Taking time to play allows your team to become more energized to serve and to be able to think more clearly. When people play together, it adds the benefit also of forming a lasting, strong bond within a team.


What ways has your ministry team participated in these areas together? Have you done anything creative to foster these opportunities for your leaders? Leave your comments below!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.