The Importance of Team

Church Staff / Leadership / Volunteers //

A quick search will likely give you gobs of websites that will tell you how much better you business, ministry, or whatever will run if you have a team that is functioning well. All of that is true, but if you are running a ministry there is one more reason to have a team.


As a pastor, vacation is one of my most difficult challenges. My vacation days are part of what I earn and, therefore are just as much my families as they are mine…maybe even more so. And that means I should take all of them.

But life, church, and ministry keeps on going even when I am on vacation. Lessons need to be planned, people need counseling, and so one…as they say, Sunday’s coming. For many ministry leaders that means doubling up on work before you leave and when you get back. And sometimes that doubling up makes us reconsider our vacation plans.

But rest is vital. Don’t skip your vacation.

To a certain extent the doubling up will always happen in some areas. However, it’s also why you team is so important. If you are delegating authority as well as tasks and responsibilities, you team should be able to function without you. A good team, a healthy team, will see some of those things that need to be done and make them happen. This way, when you return, you’ll only need to do the things that only you could do.

It sounds counter-intuitive to build a team that can work well without you. But really, it’s the mark of a good leader. As you delegate authority and responsibility, you’ll be able to step back and see more of the big picture – where you will also see that there is more that needs to be done and more that you can give away….so you do, and step back and see…well, you get the point.

So, how good is your team? Could they go it alone?





About the Author

Jesse and his wife, Teri, will celebrate 20 years of marriage in May of 2012 and are raising two growing sons, Kevin and Alex. After moving from the DC metro area in 2008 they adopted a mastiff named Book and slobber became a way of life. In his spare time, you may find Jesse enjoying photography, biking, or simply watching a movie or reading. Jesse is a graduate of Cohort K from Bethel Seminary’s CFM program and serves as the Children and Family Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Wauconda.