One of the most important parts of being a leader, especially in children’s ministry, is understanding the importance of teamwork and collaboration. In the past, people may have looked up to positions of power for authority and operated solely on policy, but today, people generally respond more positively to leaders who listen to input and help them work together.

Take a look at this infographic from Collaborative Lead Training Company, and decide which type of leader you are and which type of leader would appeal more to you, if you were someone working in your ministry.


There are so many aspects to ministry that no individual should ever try to accomplish everything alone. Your leadership style could be sucking the joy of ministry from you and your team members. Collaboration and team work are vital. After all, this is exactly what Paul talks about when he describes the church as the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-31).

What has been your experience with collaboration in leadership? Leave your thoughts in the comments or on social media.

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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.