One Family Ministry Team
Another Orange strategy that helped our ministry was the focus on having one family ministry team, encompassing everything the church does for children and students. We worked on the same page from the beginning, but we didn’t have one unified team with a dedicated leader initially. I shifted into that role and we’ve operated as one team since that time. Here are the benefits we’ve seen.
We have always helped each other out, as that’s part of our staff culture. But, because we meet regularly as a team it’s easier to figure out where we can help each other out even more. Our team members all have unique strengths and talents, and we have used them in all areas of our family ministry since operating as one team.
Resources are something we always shared as well, but meeting together has allowed us to share even more. Our full team meeting doesn’t include going into great detail about specific ministry initiatives, but there’s enough discussion to know when a resource can be shared. Beyond that, as the team leader I’m more aware of what each ministry needs and that allows me to find ways to pool resources.
Working as one team, we’ve been able to collaborate more on events and projects. Some of those events and projects help every ministry, but many are specific to one ministry. For the most part, team members still focus on the ministry they lead, but we definitely help each other out more than ever before. Also, in times like we’re in now, without a student minister, the entire team easily adapts to shoulder the load while we’re shorthanded.
Team Learning is an educational method and a principle talked about in the book The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization. Meeting together regularly as a team allows us to learn together, and we learn from each other as much as the material we study.
The benefits I list here of having one unified family ministry team are all benefits to us. The families in our church benefit the most from a unified team, which is the primary goal. It’s another great Orange Strategy that has helped our church.