teamA team is like a machine. Everything must work together properly in order to keep the motor running. If a part is out of sync or not maintained, it can throw the entire system out of rhythm.

Retired professional soccer player, Mia Hamm, once said, “I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.” This is true for athletic teams as well as organizational teams. Everyone must work together and be moving in the same direction in order for the team to succeed, which should be the ultimate goal.

The children’s ministry team at my church conducts meetings throughout the year where we celebrate wins, discuss what has been happening, contemplate on our vision for the ministry, and brainstorm ideas. Here are a few reasons why I believe ministry leaders should host meetings such as these:

 

1. To encourage one another.

Ask anyone. Children’s ministry is difficult. Taking time to celebrate the positive things that have happened in the past as well as congratulating one another for a job well-done is essential for the longevity of ministry leaders.

 

2. To keep everyone on the same page.

Excellent or poor communication makes or breaks a team. John Maxwell, in his book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, expounds on this idea. “Never forget that because you are the leader, your communication sets the tone for the interaction among your people. Teams always reflect their leaders. And never forget that good communication is never one-way. It should not be top-down or dictatorial. The best leaders listen, invite, and then encourage participation.”

These meetings probably won’t garner enough communication within themselves to keep your ministry running efficiently, but they certainly will aid in the process.

 

3. To garner new ideas.

Unless you are fighting a two-headed dragon, two heads are always better than one. This certainly holds true when searching for new ideas. Assembling your team together for a brainstorming session can be highly beneficial because it allows you to see the same vision from multiple vantage points. Creating an atmosphere where no thought is too far-fetched and everyone’s input is welcomed can cultivate a team that produces a plethora of new ideas on a regular basis.

 

4. To evaluate progress.

Evaluation is crucial because it keeps your organization on track toward your vision. Gathering opinions from others on the success or failure of an event or idea can help your ministry continue to succeed or learn from it’s mistakes. Learning from one another is extremely important when building a thriving team and it communicates to your teammates that you are all working toward a common goal.

 

Do you host meetings for your ministry team? What are some other reasons you can think of to have regular team meetings? Leave your thoughts below in the comments!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, 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.

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