This is Part 2 from my book Planting and Growing Life-Giving Churches. This lesson not only applies to churches, but in every team situation. You may find this and other resources in the Menu of this blog.
In our next lesson we will discuss the process to train others in more detail, but here are some big points to remember:
- Communicate the goal of what you want them to do
- If you can show them what you want them to do it’s better because people remember more if they see something
- Write down clearly the goal and procedures for what you want them to do
- Write down who their supervisor it. Who do they report to/?
- Write down exactly what you want them to do.
- Write down when and what you want them to report back to you or their supervisor
All of this is a lot of work, but it has positive results because we our team members need goals, boundaries and systems to produce good results. We train them thoroughly and teach them to train others and we have good results from one generation to another!
If you lack the skills, ability and experience to train your leaders, you, as the senior leader, but find resources to help you train them. If you don’t know how to do an excellent youth or children or women’s ministry, find someone who has skills in those areas and ask or pay them to train your team.
Have high standards for your team.
“Followers do in excess what leaders do in moderation.” This means that if the leader is a little unorganized, his followers are much unorganized. If the leader makes some compromises with sin the followers will make many compromises with sin. If the leader has low standards for holiness, work ethics, quality of service and level of quality the followers will have even lower standards, still.
Not always, but often, followers do not rise up to the level of their leader. They are always below the level of the leader. Sometimes a follower wants to rise to a new level but he sees that his leader is content to stay at his level. Sometimes that follower will leave to find a new mentor that will help him experience his full potential and rise to a new level. As the level of the leader raises the level of the follower rises, too. This is one aspect of what John Maxwell calls “The Law of the Lid.”
You should have high standards for your team:
- Leadership skills
- Management skills
- Quality of their program (children, youth, English lessons, etc.)
I encourage you to keep the standard high. If the standard is a Level 10, maybe we might make it to a Level 8. But if the standard is a level 5, we might make it to a Level 3.
Take your team to churches or ministries or organizations or businesses that have the high standard that you want. Help them to connect with the director of that ministry and learn from him. Let him see the ministry or office or church meeting or whatever you want them to improve in. It’s difficult to grow if we have never seen nor don’t have the experience in that ministry.
Put the right person in the right place.
In our “Life as a Servant” Class we have two lessons on Discovering Your Spiritual SHAPE. It is very, very important to put a person in a ministry or role that is according to their spiritual gifts, heart motivation, personality and skills. A person might have a passion to help in children’s ministry but lack the skills. A person might have a passion to be a cell group leader but lacks people skills because of his personality.
Often we must move a person from one ministry to another ministry until he discovers the right place for him to serve. It’s important to tell people this before we put them into a ministry. We want them to experience their highest potential. Therefore, we try to find the right place for them to serve according to their spiritual SHAPE.
Humble yourself and admit when you’re wrong.
Here is an important key to building a team: If you are wrong, humble yourself and go the team and confess your fault and ask them to forgive you.
Every team leader makes mistakes. Sometimes we choose wrongly. Sometimes we make a mistake with our words or ideas. Sometimes we do something that hurts others. We must go to them immediately and confess our mistake and ask them to forgive us. If you do not do this you will destroy your own team. If you do it, you will become a model of a Christian leader and your team will grow closer together.
Your team of helpers and leaders are your priority. You must train them to be a disciple and servant-leader. You must help them obtain the skills they need and resources they need to fulfill the ministry you ask them to do. This is your job as a leader. If you can’t do it you must find someone else to help you, but you must lead the way in training your team and having good relationships with your team.